Reviews

May 18, 2021
Gifted as Hampton was with rare oratorial skills, the film on his life also tries to spin magic with his words...
Mar 19, 2021
Impressive, explosive and gut-wrenching.
Mar 14, 2021
It all adds up to a gripping drama...
Mar 13, 2021
This is a film made with a sense of outrage; although the events occurred so long ago, the ramifications that they led to are clearly still being felt in the US.
Mar 12, 2021
As a political statement, Judas is powerful, a quite relevant revisiting of an American past that, as William Faulkner would have observed, isn't even past.
Mar 11, 2021
Kaluuya is terrific..
Mar 10, 2021
The "big picture" question of the Panthers' political aims, and what relevance they might have for today, is not so fully explored. But taken both literally and as a parable, the film says a good deal about how society forces people into roles.
Mar 10, 2021
It ends with the terrible mess through which we are all still living. A thrilling picture. But also a sobering one.
Mar 10, 2021
The movie is a knockout - a 40-proof tragedy.
Mar 10, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah is a film whose focus on racial politics and the horrors of corrupt power are no mere history lesson, but a strong, emotionally compelling tale of humanity with an urgent contemporary message.
Mar 9, 2021
King has pulled off the near-impossible, taking a story of an anticapitalist civil rights martyr who we know will have a tragic, bloody end, and approaching it with daring and confidence.
Mar 9, 2021
Despite impressive performances, "Judas and the Black Messiah" has very little to say.
Feb 18, 2021
For a film marked by so much bloodshed and death, Judas and the Black Messiah repeatedly takes the care to avert its gaze to the survivors, understanding them as victims, too.
Feb 17, 2021
"Hampton and the Black Panther Party were always heroes to me; this is a film that does justice to their memory."
Feb 17, 2021
Both of the main stars are significantly older than their characters, since Hampton died at the age of 21. That's a forgivable bit of license, given the intensity and magnetism that Kaluuya brings to the secondary role.
Feb 17, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah can't do everything. What it accomplishes is nevertheless quite something. It is a bittersweet compliment to what's here that we end the film wishing it'd done even more.
Feb 17, 2021
Through King's masterful storytelling and Kaluuya's and Stanfield's stunning performances, viewers learn why the Black Panther Party... was subject to the most aggressive targeting by the FBI.
Feb 16, 2021
Uneven methodology robs Judas and the Black Messiah of the propulsive energy it could have... by viewing [Fred Hampton] primarily through the lens of his detractors rather than his champions, he's guaranteed an uneven execution.
Feb 16, 2021
It's a balance reflective of King's film overall. "Judas and the Black Messiah," resurrecting a painful saga of police racial injustice, is a self-evidently timely film without stating its contemporary resonance literally.
Feb 15, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiahis a provocative movie title and the film that bears it lives up to the expectations it generates