Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Reviews

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June 9, 2020
A lovely portrait of who Angelou was behind closed doors.
April 1, 2019
Dr Angelou is such a charismatic and awe-inspiring character, her life so rich, so exciting, so monumental, the camera merely needs to be facing her way to be captivating.
September 26, 2017
It's easy to fall into thinking of the late Maya Angelou as something of a national grandmother when she was so much more than that. Thankfully, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, is here to correct that misconception.
August 28, 2017
The subject Maya Angelou, this intelligent, insightful artist, speaks for itself. My Life as a Film pursues a provocative question.
April 12, 2017
Through interviews, archival footage, and her written words, Dr. Maya Angelou effectively tells her own story in this film.
April 6, 2017
And Still I Rise is a portrait of an artist who was well aware of the spell she could cast with that voice, that towering height, that gaze. It is also a film mindful of the deep truths -- the desires and wounds -- buttressing that persona.
February 22, 2017
And Still I Rise mostly soars, though, on the wings of Maya Angelou's own words and recollections. She lived a multifaceted life for the ages, overcoming a wealth of indignities while also rising above her own considerable faults and frailties.
Top Critic
February 21, 2017
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise takes a conventional cradle-to-grave approach to its subject, but it succeeds as a vivid and moving portrait of an African-American icon.
February 17, 2017
Too intent to cement her as an idol, And Still I Rise just won't let stories tell the whole picture.
November 10, 2016
Powerful accomplishment, capturing in under two hours a comprehensive sense of the work the poet, author and activist made, and the life she lived fully in her eighty-six years.
October 28, 2016
The large amount of original interview footage, with the woman herself as insightful as ever, will delight her fans, and anybody unfamiliar with her work will find this a fascinating place to start.
October 24, 2016
Angelou herself is the star, one who is more riveting and original sitting in a chair, reciting the story of her life, than this -- or most, really -- documentary could ever hope to be on its own.
October 14, 2016
An extraordinary portrait of the soulful and versatile African-American icon.
October 13, 2016
It's hard not to be inspired by a life this well lived.
October 13, 2016
If this adulatory "American Masters" production elides certain chapters of Angelou's biography, it nonetheless offers ample evidence of her commanding intensity and of her importance as an unwavering voice of the black experience.
October 12, 2016
Angelou's epic journey - from a mute girl in segregated Arkansas to an icon of civil rights, literature and entertainment - could easily be a 10-part miniseries.
October 9, 2016
A poignant portrait of a sex abuse survivor's unlikely path from abandoned street urchin to consummate poet laureate!
September 16, 2016
More in-depth history report than a piece of art, Maya Angelou and Still I Rise is a collection of fascinating information without style.
September 15, 2016
As this spirited documentary shows, the rise of poet, author, and activist Maya Angelou was anything but meteoric.
August 10, 2016
If Angelou's life has touched yours, you shouldn't miss it.
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