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Selma Reviews

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August 30, 2018
King's story is tragic, that's no spoiler. The film ends with a heavy heart, mixed with hope. Selma is an important film and it is profoundly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 20, 2018
It captures something more elusive in our fictions and in our politics: the feeling and dynamic of a collective movement.
May 15, 2018
Selma is worth the price of admission. The real gift of this film is reflection as well as hope that the new generations do not repeat history. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 15, 2018
The film... assumes such vast prior knowledge of the civil rights movement that only a fraction of the audience will understand it. I scrambled to keep up, not helped by a cast of thousands and by Ava DuVernay's clumsy and flabby direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 11, 2018
Selma is not just a chronicle of historical developments; it aims to do more than just involve us in King's fight and move us as it unfolds. The film is very frequently moving, but it has higher, more intelligent goals than that.
December 13, 2017
... its relevance grows in times when tempers are easily exasperated and the use of violence is privileged. Here it is, I insist, the best of Selma. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
December 1, 2017
A racially and politically charged biopic full of vivid violent imagery that is sure to haunt viewers, and an emotionally gripping performance from David Oyelowo as the spiritual civil rights movement leader
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 12, 2017
Selma gives back to the Civil Rights movement its urgent and motivating anger, when too often the movement has been misrepresented as a cause of infinitely patient, infinitely forbearing martyrs.
September 1, 2017
So, is Selma the film I wanted? No. Is is a good film? Yes, but it's not great.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 22, 2017
Selma forces a kind of reckoning for its viewer. At these moments, you won't be able to look away. And you shouldn't.
August 21, 2017
Selma has the intimacy of a chamber piece, but not much sense of the mass character of the Selma protests, of the thousands of arrests that had been made even before King got to town.
August 15, 2017
This story is powerful and inspiring stuff. The skill used to tell it should be witnessed by all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 14, 2017
Selma is a vital, brutal, and inspiring film.
August 10, 2017
[Selma] shows well the heartbreaking personal sacrifices made by those who wanted to be free, to be free at last, to cast their vote to effect change.
August 2, 2017
As protests continue to erupt, it becomes ever more apparent that we need models of effective change. Selma fits that bill stirringly.
June 26, 2017
One of the biggest triumphs of director DuVernay's Selma is how she reverses that erasure: Her film, which centers on the march Martin Luther King Jr. led in 1964, has women in nearly every frame.
June 13, 2016
It's all highly measured and tasteful, a rare thing when cinema and sacred cows meet.
June 7, 2016
The timeliness of the picture, coupled with the immediacy of the filmmaking, renders 'Selma' more powerful than even its skilled creators could've possibly intended.
June 7, 2016
Sacha Baron Cohen at Harvard, as character Ali G: 'Some of you has probably never even seen a black man before, like that great civil rights leader, Martin Luther Vandross...'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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