Hale County This Morning, This Evening Reviews

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February 12, 2019
A visually mesmerizing but only half-illuminating documentary on black lives in the Deep South.
January 19, 2019
There are moments of genuine lyricism.
January 18, 2019
At every juncture, Ross elects for ambiguity and poses a question to the viewer to answer how black bodies are viewed, encouraging the audience to perform the labour of challenging their expectations.
January 17, 2019
There is something visionary in this film.
January 16, 2019
Through framing and editing, small moments are imbued with a sense of spiritual grace, and the entirely mundane is recalibrated as the sublime.
January 10, 2019
Vividly sketches African-American lives on an Alabama trek that bypasses stereotypes and narrative conceit, proceeding directly to empathy.
August 20, 2019
It's not for everyone, but if you give it a chance, it's possible you might end up with, at least, an image or moment engraved in your brain. [Full review in Spanish]
June 3, 2019
An essential and utterly fascinating look at what it means to be black, to be American, and ultimately to be human.
March 1, 2019
Ross' film is merely an artistic glimpse of a life, and a community, that most of us will never see firsthand, but a life put in a perspective that we can all understand: sometimes joyous, sometimes mundane and sometimes utterly, utterly sad.
February 27, 2019
Ross has his own peculiar, attentive approach.
February 22, 2019
This is an achingly specific picture of mundane moments and sudden sorrows, with long, patient scenes of young men shooting hoops or playing blues guitar, of a toddler tiring himself out, of kids just doing stuff in backyards and fields.
February 21, 2019
At the same time that Hale County's collage style helps the film avoid becoming a Southern variation on Hoop Dreams, it refuses to lapse into anything resembling hand-wringing melancholy.
February 1, 2019
The result is impressionistic, a look at daily triumphs and challenges that feels like reverie but couldn't be more real.
January 26, 2019
Hale County This Morning, This Evening has an impressive pedigree but that wouldn't count for much if it didn't achieve its aim to find a new language for the overlooked parts of neglected lives. But it does -- lovingly.
January 25, 2019
Hale County This Morning, This Evening is a captivating film that forces us to reflect on the representation of blackness in a whole new light.
January 23, 2019
Much of the imagery is exquisite.
January 20, 2019
A lyrical meditation on the Black Belt experience, and the parameters of representing it...
January 18, 2019
A work of visual poetry, emotional and impressionistic.
January 18, 2019
In a year of overtly political African-American films, from Black Panther to BlacKkKlansman, Hale County is something different, a deliberately impressionistic and exploratory film.
January 18, 2019
Slice-of-life and stream-of-consciousness, this is unlike any documentary before about what it's like to be poor and black in America. RaMell Ross is an important new voice in American cinema.
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