Reviews

Sep 10, 2021
I Am Not Your Negro, an essential documentary about writer/theorist/cultural and film critic/icon James Baldwin, is well worth anyone's time, but especially so during the chaos of The Now.
Jun 28, 2021
A startlingly original and moving portrait...
May 4, 2021
It's an extraordinary visual essay, distilling decades - centuries, in fact - of black history into 95 minutes.
Mar 4, 2021
With no talking heads Peck relies on news footage, movie clips and archival talk show tape, intercutting them with the fluidity of jazz. Posters and graphics punctuate the narration, subliminally driving home Baldwin's points.
Feb 18, 2021
It's an undeniably excellent film and a much-needed tribute to both Baldwin and the racial politics of the 1960s and ʼ70s... The only shortcoming of Peck's film is its almost complete erasure of Baldwin's homosexuality.
Jul 31, 2020
Its themes are as important today as they were yesterday, especially in the current climate of radical right-wing ideas and racist sentiment sweeping Trump's America.
Jun 29, 2020
An astonishment.
Jun 11, 2020
Raoul Peck's visual telling of writer James Baldwin's unfinished final novel "Remember This House" articulates another story of race in modern America.
May 1, 2020
Simply put, I Am Not Your Negro is essential viewing for all Americans.
Mar 23, 2020
Baldwin's fury and his despair come through in vivid fashion, making this film not just an important social document, but an essential work of art.
Feb 19, 2020
[It] isn't just a biography of an intellectual or a history lesson about resistance towards white supremacy. The film is all of that, and more, a clear-eyed examination of the ugly wound in the land of the free.
Feb 5, 2020
I Am Not Your Negro is montage and meditation, a dialogue between the archive and the present, a road movie without the road.
Jan 15, 2020
Thirty years after his death, Baldwin's words and deeds still speak to an America that needs to listen.
Sep 27, 2019
Director Raoul Peck weaves a breathtaking cinematic tapestry. Drawing from old interviews and college lectures, popular movies, blues music, and Baldwin's poetic words, Peck takes us on a tour of history.
Sep 5, 2019
It's been 30 years since Baldwin died, but his words still ring true in this powerful film for a new generation.
Aug 14, 2019
It is broad, complex, assertive and absolutely essential.
Jun 25, 2019
If nothing else, I Am Not Your Negro makes you wish Baldwin were still with us, holding accountable feet to the fire while firing up the downtrodden.
Mar 30, 2019
Baldwin's breakdown of why groups in power behave the way they do, Peck's stunning imagery, and Samuel L. Jackson's reserved narration open the door to a more hopeful future of equality.
Mar 5, 2019
This film successfully presents an incredibly original and consequently impactful means of telling the story of a divided America.
Nov 28, 2018
Effectively galvanizing and a pervasive punch to the functioning system, Negro is thoroughly gripping and a significant slice of surging cinema that dares to question the never-ending search for harmony and humanity that now feels completely lost.