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I Am Not Your Negro Reviews

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November 28, 2018
This documentary, based on Baldwin's unfinished Remember This House manuscript, offers a view of the United States as disturbingly relevant today as it was in the late 1970s.
November 7, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 3, 2018
James Baldwin is exactly the right discursive proxy for this film's balance between history lesson and impressionistic treatise on the African-American experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 1, 2018
The continual vibrancy of Baldwin's ideas is underscored by Peck's intricate consideration of every frame of film.
October 31, 2018
America is a nation that is built with pluralistic ideals yet often ignored those ideals when it came to Black Americans. You can't separate racism and America because the two are intrinsically tied together.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 4, 2018
Hearing Baldwin's amazing voice in a theatre is worth the price of admission alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 19, 2018
Peck refreshes these images in other ways, choosing to colorize the majority of civil rights movement footage to ensure audiences see them freed of the monochrome trappings of the past.
August 24, 2018
Raoul Peck's work is so good and Baldwin's words are so gallingly true and fiery it made me weak at the knees; it's one of my favourite films in months.
August 23, 2018
I thought it wasn't "for" me. I thought I didn't need to be exposed to whatever I presumed it had to say. I was very wrong. This was a very profound experience, artistically and culturally.
August 21, 2018
Using Baldwin's words as a springboard to connect past traumas with present injustices, this dense essay film has so many prophetic ideas swirling around it's hard not to feel a little dizzy.
June 14, 2018
Equal parts a maelstrom of black rage and a sleek, surgical assessment of the American Dream as it pertains to race.
April 3, 2018
From slavery to Hollywood, from an equivocating Bobby Kennedy to the chances of a black man becoming president, from the dumbing down of television to consumer culture, Baldwin is on blistering, take no prisoners, form.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 24, 2018
Director Peck ... , in meticulous detail, walks us through his subject's life from childhood precocity to adult eloquence.
February 13, 2018
... an epic work... [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 9, 2018
An ingeniously constructed documentary about one of the 20th century's greatest, and more conflicted, artist/polemicists.
January 17, 2018
[This] montage of America's explosive history of racial intolerance makes for compelling, if at times uncomfortable viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 16, 2018
It's an imaginative look not only at the intellectual powerhouse of writer James Baldwin, as seen on TV interviews and in speeches, but also his own words from an unpublished manuscripts...
January 8, 2018
An absorbing documentary... [Full review in Spanish]
December 28, 2017
I Am Not Your Negro is an incisive meditation on America's Civil Rights Movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 28, 2017
While I Am Not Your Negro remains an astounding statement about race, a sequel that makes his queerness visible is sorely needed.
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