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Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary Reviews

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
January 29, 2013
An obstructive, agitprop style detracts from the important, singularly American story buried in Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary ...
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Michael Atkinson
Time Out
January 29, 2013
More hagiography than history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5