Selah and the Spades Reviews

February 9, 2019
Selah and the Spades shows a great deal of promise for writer/director Tayarisha Poe, who demands your attention with style and story in her directorial debut.
February 1, 2019
The film has more style than plot, but that style is terrific.
January 29, 2019
Quietly confident in its unconventional yet clear point of view, Selah and the Spades signals a bright future for a promising young filmmaker.
June 25, 2019
Poe might represent the first sign [...] of a new vanguard with the potential to radically shift the way we portray and think about young people on screen.
February 19, 2019
Selah and The Spades powerfully gives voice to a form of unlikeable black girlhood, allowing Selah and her peers to be human, even if that means being shitty.
February 7, 2019
The actors have a great dynamic, and the scenes where Selah interacts with and has strong camaraderie with Maxxie and Paloma really make the film shine.
February 4, 2019
As fun as the it becomes to watch Selah scheme, the way in which Poe's grand design for her emerges over time is extremely satisfying, clearing the room to really watch her think as doubts set in.
February 1, 2019
Selah and The Spades centers on a teen scrambling to keep any semblance of power and by any means necessary. In that desperation comes betrayal, violence and mistrust - and it's a joy to watch.
January 31, 2019
More than the sheer delight of watching a powerful Black girl, Selah and the Spades is an earnest celebration of youth and power -something long-reserved for white teens while excluding young people of color.
January 31, 2019
The level of craft in Poe's feature debut exceeds that of directors with more experience and portends a long career with more wonderful art to come.