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Free Angela & All Political Prisoners Reviews

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Steve Macfarlane
Slant Magazine
April 4, 2013
It foists its own retelling of Angela Davis's story over any contemplation of her politics, effectively neutering their power as it could apply to today in the hands of a proper film essayist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sam Adams
AV Club
April 4, 2013
In spite of its attention-grabbing opening and provocative title, Free Angela And All Political Prisoners is less a work of agitprop than straightforward history, intriguing but never unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 20, 2012
A nicely balanced film that surprisingly doesn't aim to lionize Davis nor to vilify Ronald Reagan and the FBI.
Nora Lee Mandel
Maven's Nest
January 1, 2016
Fascinating eye-opener that not only brings history alive, but reverberates into today's controversies over guns, government surveillance, racial profiling, and media frenzy.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Clay Cane
March 8, 2013
After watching 'Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,' audiences will walk away rejuvenated, thankful and, surprisingly, even more proud to be an American.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
April 5, 2013
A snappily edited, archivally wallpapered recollection of fearless behavior in the face of an antsy establishment. But it's equally significant as a pointed act of retelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Anderson
April 5, 2013
Fugitive, radical, communist and philosopher Angela Davis was the lefty hipster's pin-up girl and the right-winger's Afro-ed nightmare, and her authority and charisma are on full display in Free Angela & All Political Prisoners.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
April 4, 2013
People who weren't around during the '60s-'70s cusp can hardly appreciate just how weird that time was. "Free Angela" brings that weirdness back.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
April 3, 2013
Confidently constructed, and aided by an assured focus, this is a solid tribute a woman who was one of many vital pieces of the civil rights movement, and an insightful study of a time when the American identity was being drastically reshaped.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
April 5, 2013
Without straining for big-picture significance, it provides a composed look into the revolutionary spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
April 3, 2013
Prisoners is captivating from start to finish.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 5, 2013
"Free Angela and All Political Prisoners" may seem to take place in a distant past, but it resonates with improbable timeliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
April 11, 2013
History and media.
Michael Dequina
April 22, 2013
An all too sobering reminder of how, in the purported land of the free, any voices deemed radical and hence dangerous can lead the powers that be to find any remote angle to silence them by whatever force and means they deem necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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