Imperial Dreams Reviews

March 22, 2019
More than any other gang movie in recent memory, Imperial Dreams sidesteps cliches and carves out a place of its own next to the best films in the genre.
February 23, 2017
Imperial Dreams does not have the buzzing beats or flashing lights of most L.A. stories. Because of this, its characters feel real and its payoffs are gripping.
February 14, 2017
Dark yet inspiring tale has cursing, violence, drugs.
February 6, 2017
Like the similarly quiet and thrumming Moonlight, Imperial is most affecting as an internal portrait of a young black man's struggle to embrace softness when the world tells him he has to be hard to survive.
February 6, 2017
Imperial Dreams makes a modest, sincere case for the seeming futility of a post-jail existence.
April 18, 2016
Malik Vitthal's first feature gives rich dramatic life to a piercingly analytical view of the American way of incarceration.
February 4, 2014
You can call nearly all the upcoming beats with startling accuracy, as well as the fates of many of the characters.
January 31, 2014
Like the cyclical cycle of violence and poverty, "Imperial Dreams" mercilessly envelops you in its narrative and refuses to let you go until you've been moved.
January 31, 2014
Imperial Dreams details the morally ambivalence of the situation in inner-city LA with beauty and grace, providing some of the most effective and memorable performances of the year.
January 28, 2014
Imperial Dreams bucks the usual "ghetto drama" trend in its depiction of a father who refuses to fall back into the street life.
January 26, 2014
John Boyega first wowed audiences with his dynamite performance in Attack the Block. Once again playing the anti-hero, Imperial Dreams is another victory lap for this young actor, who's going to go on to do big, big things.
January 20, 2014
Bighearted yet surprisingly nuanced ...