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Selma Reviews

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October 24, 2018
It seems the reason we haven't yet had a major King biopic is because cinema was waiting for a director to make a film as worthy as the man himself - Ava DuVernay has stepped up to the daunting task and she has succeeded effortlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 15, 2018
Nevertheless, the performances are uniformly excellent with Oyelowo conveying both the iconic magnetism and human-sized modesty of King's personality.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 15, 2018
One of Selma's clearest intentions is the promotion of interracial unity that is necessary when abuses have been imposed on any social or ethnic group. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 15, 2018
With a couple of feature films on her resume, Selma is the film that will probably take off director Ava DuVernay's career. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 15, 2018
Director Ava DuVernay retains a firm grasp throughout, balancing the epic and intimate, personal and political.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 8, 2018
America takes another halting step towards confronting its racist past with this solid, if dry, look at a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 8, 2018
DuVernay and Webb ambitiously dramatize all the intricacies, detours and compromises a wide-scale social justice movement entails, shining stark light on backroom deals, FBI schemes and even rivalries among various pockets of grass-roots rebellion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 8, 2018
Portrait of leader with crowd in the background. Martin L. King's speeches are again relevant. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 8, 2018
An urgent, thought-provoking and timely history movingly brought to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 5, 2018
Selma stands as a rigorous film that does justice to the figure of Martin Luther King. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 5, 2018
Without being a great movie, Selma is a more than worthy historical product. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 5, 2018
Excellent acting, very good directing, a good tight script -- a little bit of pacing issues and... other characters are nowhere near as investing as Martin Luther King is.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 5, 2018
Selma convinces that this is a tale of transcendence instead of hardship; triumph rather than defeat. And it's a story whose resonance is ever so desperately needed in the pervasive now.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 5, 2018
DuVernay's film is too effective on its own dramatic terms for it to be reduced simply to an allegory for Where We Are Today, yet it's also tremendously encouraging for anyone who wonders if there's any hope for change.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 5, 2018
While there has been some streamlining of the facts for the sake of storytelling efficiency, an outraged and righteous heart beats strongly throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2018
There have been surprisingly few cinematic renderings of Martin Luther King Jr's legacy, but despite the lack of competition, British actor David Oyelowo's embodiment of the great man is simply superb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 4, 2018
If you don't mind the technical confusion it's a gripping story, and a great credit to DuVernay and co-writer Paul Webb who were unable to use King's original speeches for copyright reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 4, 2018
Ava DuVernay's Selma is a beautifully observed drama of public and private lives, of personal narratives and historic moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2018
DuVernay, with just her third feature film, knows how to marshal the moments that will become history, making her own iconic images.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 4, 2018
An important and necessary film. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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