Selma

2014, History/Drama, 2h 8m

314 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

What to know

critics consensus

Fueled by a gripping performance from David Oyelowo, Selma draws inspiration and dramatic power from the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr. -- but doesn't ignore how far we remain from the ideals his work embodied. Read critic reviews

You might also like

Bombshell
Sully
Nebraska
Harriet
Still Alice

Where to watch

Rent/buy from $2.99 Rent/buy from $2.99 Rent/buy from $3.99

Rate And Review

User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)



  • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

Selma Videos

Selma Photos

Movie Info

Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for Blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated with President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Cast & Crew

David Oyelowo
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Tom Wilkinson
President Lyndon Baines Johnson
Carmen Ejogo
Coretta Scott King
Tim Roth
George Wallace
Oprah Winfrey
Annie Lee Cooper
Common
James Bevel
Lorraine Toussaint
Amelia Boynton
André Holland
Andrew Young
Omar J. Dorsey
James Orange
Dylan Baker
J. Edgar Hoover
Colman Domingo
Ralph Abernathy
Martin Sheen
Judge Frank M. Johnson
Paul Webb
Screenwriter
Brad Pitt
Executive Producer
Cameron McCracken
Executive Producer
Nik Bower
Executive Producer
Diarmuid McKeown
Executive Producer
Ava DuVernay
Executive Producer
Paul Garnes
Executive Producer
Nan Morales
Executive Producer
Bradford Young
Cinematography
Spencer Averick
Film Editing
Mark Friedberg
Production Design
Jason Moran
Original Music
Ruth E. Carter
Costume Design
Show all Cast & Crew

Critic Reviews for Selma

Audience Reviews for Selma

  • May 27, 2017
    effective dramatisation. it could've been a bit longer though and a bit more detailed. tim roth did the best acting.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2017
    The story of Martin Luther King's efforts to give black Americans the right to vote in the 1960s is mostly engaging and interestingly portrayed. Some conversations could have used some trimming, there are a few slow parts. But the acting is top notch, especially Oyelowo is fantastic during King's speeches. It is the ending with original footage from the walk that is particularly touching and well done. Especially when you realize what a step backwards we seem to be taking currently.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 03, 2016
    I really liked this movie but was somewhat disappointed in it, too. There are three major scenes depicting the famous marches on the Edmund Pettus Bridge and each of them is historically accurate, powerful in their depiction and highly moving. There are other scenes that are not nearly so accurate, powerful or moving. Contrary to popular opinion I was not transfixed by the performance of David Oyelowo as Rev. Martin Luther King. President Lyndon Johnson's portrayal as an antagonist to MLK, I believe, is over exaggerated. The J. Edger Hoover fixation on Dr. King is underplayed. And, much more doesn't work for me. Nonetheless, Selma, as a whole, is worthy of our attention, our discussion on its merits and flaws and our our respec
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2016
    Has some pacing/editing issues, but the cast are all on top form.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

Movie & TV guides