MLK/FBI Reviews

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January 22, 2021
An eye-opening documentary that poses hard questions and gives no easy answers, MLK/FBI is a worthy addition to the ever-timely media concerning Martin Luther King Jr.
January 22, 2021
I don't know that MLK/FBI reveals anything new about its subject, but it clarifies & amplifies facets of his story in a timely way. It couldn't be more relevant, as a document of history or as a cautionary tale about balancing a public & private existence
January 19, 2021
What are we going to do with the material itself? It's a question whose answers remain to be seen. The accomplishment of Pollard's documentary is that it so capably and persuasively prepares us to ask it.
January 16, 2021
Cleverly uses the FBI's pursuit of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr to tell the entwined history of leftwing protest and state-sanctioned surveillance.
January 16, 2021
I think it really shows the importance of King as a person, as a human, as opposed to the icon that we have come to think of him as.
January 16, 2021
This documentary is a really necessary rewind... to remind everybody how Martin Luther King Jr. was seen in his day, at his time.
January 16, 2021
In you're interested in American politics, you will obviously be interested in this...a relevant subject to be discussing.
January 16, 2021
By suggesting the enormous strain King endured while he was being taunted and blackmailed by his own government, "MLK/FBI" provides another lens through which to appreciate his commitment.
January 16, 2021
Pollard doesn't just rely on talking heads; instead he shrewdly overlays the words on damning evidence of a campaign to destroy a Black activist.
January 15, 2021
MLK/FBI not only offers a compelling portrait of what was, but beyond just looking back, sets up a debate about what will be.
January 15, 2021
[A] smart, incisive film.
January 15, 2021
Pollard and editor Laura Tomaselli ("Surge") craft a dazzling visual collage that reveals the bureau's ongoing marketing campaign for itself.
January 15, 2021
Myth and legend are pushed aside, creating a human portrait of a great leader, warts and all.
January 15, 2021
We are reminded... of an awkward truth-that Hoover's F.B.I. was not some rogue outfit but a core component of the existing social structure, welded firmly to public opinion.
January 15, 2021
There's no quibbling with [King's] charisma or his humanity. Pollard's questioning, vital chronicle is a fitting tribute.
January 15, 2021
Pollard reframing the debate. Conservative activists have already used the files to savage King, and progressive writers will have to contend with what the tapes contain eventually, good and ill.
January 14, 2021
MLK/FBI may just boil down to being an amalgamation of things we've suspected, but it is still a must-watch to be educated on how dangerous the FBI and government can be with surveillance, especially given current events.
January 14, 2021
"MLK/FBI" is fair to all parties without being neutral or timid.
January 14, 2021
Seeing it so graphically laid out gives the whole sordid history a cumulative intensity.
January 14, 2021
Prolific Emmy winner Pollard (who has chronicled Zora Neale Hurston, Sammy Davis Jr., and August Wilson) weaves rich black-and-white archival footage with the shrewd insights of political experts and historians.
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