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I Am Not Your Negro Reviews

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April 12, 2017
An urgently needed slap-down for the history-blinkered who say "What about all lives?" when confronted with Black Lives Matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 12, 2017
A galvanizing film, 93 minutes of calm outrage and measured pessimism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 10, 2017
The real punch delivered here is in the stealthy panning-back that Peck does to bring universality to the many individual composite parts of this deep and difficult issue.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 10, 2017
Assembling interview footage of James Baldwin and readings from his works, the documentary I Am Not Your Negro is a potent study of the writer, the 1960s civil-rights movement and the continuing struggles of African-Americans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 9, 2017
Baldwin's words feel as urgent and articulate as ever, though Peck's attempts to link history with present-day race relations feel a little clunky next to the elegance of the text.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 8, 2017
How interesting that 'Get Out,' a horror movie that's also a commentary on contemporary race issues, was released simultaneously with the Oscar-nominated 'I Am Not Your Negro.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 8, 2017
An indispensable documentary to understand the history of the United States. [Full review in Spanish]
April 8, 2017
An invitation to learn about Baldwin's work, to understand where he came from and to find out who his heroes were. [Full review in Spanish]
April 7, 2017
An Oscar-nominated documentary which uses the life and words of writer James Baldwin as the starting point for a far-reaching visual investigation of the African-American experience.
April 7, 2017
Raoul Peck has crafted a formidable documentary loosely structured around Baldwin's notes alongside archival footage stretching from the Civil Rights movement to the Ferguson riots and Black Lives Matter.
April 7, 2017
Baldwin re-emerges as a devastatingly eloquent speaker and public intellectual; a figure who deserves his place alongside Edward Said, Frantz Fanon or Gore Vidal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 6, 2017
The result is not a documentary about Baldwin but a vision of America through his appalled and compassionate eyes.
April 6, 2017
What leaves the deepest impression is Baldwin's unheeded warnings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 6, 2017
Raoul Peck's lyrical documentary was nominated for an Oscar this year, and it really should have won.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 6, 2017
A film filled with anger and despair that shows Baldwin to have been one of the most insightful and prescient figures of his generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 6, 2017
There are many feelings to be felt watching this film, but what they are will very much depend on who you are.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 6, 2017
With every word taken from Baldwin's own prolific literary output and public appearances, the film couldn't be more timely in presenting a despairing analysis of how racial injustice bedevils American society.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 6, 2017
Featuring a nuanced readings of Baldwin's work by vocal Samuel L Jackson, it's an astonishing piece of filmmaking: engrossing, intellectually rigorous - and depressingly timely.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 6, 2017
[A] forcefully eloquent movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 5, 2017
Baldwin was writing more than 30 years ago. Not so much has changed since then. Even so, I Am Not Your Negro isn't as pessimistic as its downbeat tone suggests it should be. Baldwin's commentary is intended to provoke, not to induce despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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