Marshall Reviews

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September 14, 2018
Marshall isn't so different from a well-made TV movie. But it plays well on the big screen anyway...
October 20, 2017
This is either one brilliant satirical commentary on traditional racial stereotypes in Hollywood movies or it's not.
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.
Top Critic
October 19, 2017
The tight focus helps make Marshall more courtroom drama than biopic.
October 18, 2017
[Boseman is] totally convincing as an energetic young man, blessed with fierce idealism and swaggering charisma.
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 15, 2017
A distinct snapshot not only of the main character but of the setting that resulted in his becoming historically important.
October 13, 2017
Boseman has headlined biopics before as James Brown and Jackie Robinson, and here, he imbues the young Marshall with a quiet confidence and a dogged devotion to truth and justice.
October 13, 2017
Marshall reminds us that before the legend, there was the badass young warrior.
October 13, 2017
Charged by Boseman's dramatic lightning, Marshall gives us an electrifying glimpse of a great man in the making.
October 13, 2017
...balances clichés against the far-more interesting subject of unlikely camaraderie that blooms out of mutual persecution.
October 13, 2017
You have to think there are better ways to tell the story of Marshall, his life and his climb to the land's highest court, but those details are left to post-script notes.
October 13, 2017
For a film simply called "Marshall," you do expect to get a wider slice of his life, which is relegated to onscreen text. In fact, he ultimately becomes an ensemble player in his own eponymous film.
October 12, 2017
While the film is constructed from top to bottom for maximum popular entertainment, it is unwilling to let us leave the theater without reminding us that these battles are far from over.
October 12, 2017
Here's something refreshing-a great-man biopic, simply titled Marshall, that's more concerned with the man in his earlier years than with the greatness to come.
October 12, 2017
While not the most artful of biographical dramas, when it comes to bringing to life a young, rising attorney deploying the kind of legal acumen that would later make him a boundary-bursting giant, Marshall keeps its eyes on the prize.
October 12, 2017
Like his character, Mr. Boseman is the star of this show, while Mr. Gad is the second banana and often comic relief. Both performers are natural showmen who never step on each other's moment; they're fun to watch.
October 12, 2017
By avoiding his most famous case, while at the same time preserving history - and adding pulpy thrills - "Marshall" is more involving than any textbook or documentary could be.
October 12, 2017
Anchored by topnotch performances by Chadwick Boseman in the title role and Josh Gad, it's a 75-year-old story imbued with modern-day resonance.
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