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Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary Reviews

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November 16, 2013
You don't have to agree with Abu-Jamal's politics to admire his work ethic-or his eloquence.
June 13, 2013
Long Distance Revolutionary is a blistering indictment of institutionalized racism and also a sensitive picture of a fascinating human being.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
January 31, 2013
This film is certainly a bracing change from the usual back-and-forth of the evening news.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 31, 2013
A documentary charting the extraordinary life and work of Mumia Abu-Jamal from his prison cell over the last 30 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 28, 2013
A film that would let us decide the pros and cons of his life for ourselves would certainly be welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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