Marshall Reviews

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July 16, 2019
Anyone expecting a substantive picture about Marshall is just going to have to lower their expectations...
March 21, 2019
Young Mr. Lincoln by way of the Hallmark Channel.
January 19, 2019
The film is handsome and admittedly rousing in spots, but also dismally familiar, and presented with an annoying slathering of winking hindsight.
October 28, 2018
It's unfortunate that a film about one of America's great humanists could be so stiff, mechanical, and forgettable.
September 5, 2018
It's not a biopic about Marshall. The scope is too wide and too narrow at the same time, completely missing the mark.
June 20, 2018
Strangely, they told a story from Marshall's life where he took the backseat to a white man.
January 24, 2018
The missteps pile up, the tone descends into middlebrow pablum.
October 23, 2017
Marshall would have benefited from a much more serious tone and approach, not shying away from the true brutality of the time.
October 22, 2017
The courtroom scenes are pretty paint-by-the-numbers; things feel less sterile when the action moves into smoky jazz clubs and on to rain-slicked streets.
October 20, 2017
Thurgood Marshall deserves a feature film about his life and career. This just isn't it.
October 20, 2017
This is either one brilliant satirical commentary on traditional racial stereotypes in Hollywood movies or it's not.
October 19, 2017
The courtroom aspect feels conventional and the film lacks real insight, but it's professionally handled and Boseman does solid work.
October 19, 2017
This real-life case makes for an entertaining courtroom drama that nonetheless reduces Marshall to the level of Perry Mason and consigns to the end credits his greater triumphs.
October 19, 2017
In ignoring the lived reality of colorism, Marshall creates a circumscribed version of blackness that's easy for white audiences to consume, lacks any sort of challenging narrative, and bypasses the more fascinating wrinkles in its characters' lives.
October 19, 2017
"Marshall" could have been a contender, but it just sits there awash in familiarity.
October 18, 2017
[T]he film treats historical matters flippantly. . .This approach would be dismissable except that it's also part of the currently fashionable ahistorical attitude toward black Americans' personal and public progress.
October 16, 2017
The problem with this hokey courtroom drama isn't that it says the right thing in the wrong way, the problem is that it ultimately doesn't say anything at all.
October 13, 2017
[Director Reginald] Hudlin's movie means well yet seldom fulfills its purpose.
October 13, 2017
You may also find yourself wanting Marshall (but not Marshall) to keep going, but preferably in a much more incisive, truthful and dangerous movie than this one.
October 13, 2017
The shortcomings that separate Marshall from Hidden Figures and Loving are the same ones that give it the feeling of a TV movie.
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