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I Am Not Your Negro Reviews

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June 21, 2017
Stirring, poetic, yet unsettling.
June 13, 2017
The Haitian director Raoul Peck stitches the timelines and footage together smoothly - the result is an engaging riff on Baldwin's themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 10, 2017
What is scary is how seamlessly the film transitions between the racially charged tragedies of today and the tragedies of the civil rights movement. It paints a picture that race relations have not changed in since the 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 8, 2017
I Am Not Your Negro dismantles the pernicious myth that America is already a country where skin color doesn't matter. [Full review in Spanish]
May 10, 2017
It's a vitally-important piece of film-making that will move you, provoke you and educate you.
May 4, 2017
An essential film to understand the history of humanity and its fear of adaptation, which also feels more than effective in a politically correct world. [Full review in Spanish]
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
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