Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary Reviews

April 28, 2015
A movie about the liberating power of words that bends over backwards to paste flashy images on top of sentences that already speak for themselves.
November 16, 2013
You don't have to agree with Abu-Jamal's politics to admire his work ethic-or his eloquence.
August 22, 2013
More of a tribute than a hard-hitting piece of American filmmaking, which is too bad, because the subject - the imprisonment of ex-Black Panther figure Mumia Abu-Jamal - deserves a thorough, serious examination.
June 14, 2013
...Rightly intuits that visually summarizing Abu-Jamal's Wikipedia page could well be emotionally satisfying but would ultimately be less persuasive than simply allowing viewers to see the man and hear his words...
June 13, 2013
Long Distance Revolutionary is a blistering indictment of institutionalized racism and also a sensitive picture of a fascinating human being.
May 3, 2013
Director Stephen Vittoria lines up a roster of writers and educators, actors and activists, to sing Abu-Jamal's praise. And praise they do.
February 28, 2013
A film that would let us decide the pros and cons of his life for ourselves would certainly be welcome.
February 21, 2013
"Mumia" gradually becomes a persuasive attempt to celebrate the content of his character, not the violence that apparently led to his imprisonment.
February 1, 2013
Vittoria avoids discussing the crime for which Abu-Jamal spent 29 years in solitary confinement on death row, instead tracing the path of a brilliant journalist whose message cannot be silenced.
February 1, 2013
This tiresome documentary on activist journalist and convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal buries its subject under waves of gratingly repetitive accolades.
February 1, 2013
The doc is unapologetically one-sided, and spends more time canonizing Abu-Jamal than exploring the murder and trial themselves.
January 31, 2013
This film is certainly a bracing change from the usual back-and-forth of the evening news.
January 31, 2013
The case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the African-American journalist sentenced to die for a 1981 Philadelphia murder charge, gets a juicy, visual but inescapably tilted treatment here.
January 31, 2013
A documentary charting the extraordinary life and work of Mumia Abu-Jamal from his prison cell over the last 30 years.
January 29, 2013
An obstructive, agitprop style detracts from the important, singularly American story buried in Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary ...
January 29, 2013
More hagiography than history.
January 29, 2013
Purports to tell the true story of the titular imprisoned, controversially outspoken death-penalty opponent, but eventually degenerates into an orgy of congratulation.
January 21, 2013
A reverential biopic that wisely leaves the damning evidence on the back burner in favor of focusing on everything about Mumia Abu-Jamal except what exactly transpired at the corner of 13th and Locust in the wee hours of December 9, 1981.