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Selma Reviews

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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 9, 2015
The paint-by-numbers portrayals of 1960s iconic players is pathetic and the story fails to capture the passion, energy and hope of MLK's leadership and of the times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 5, 2015
In which the fight for black rights, instead of having a fiery and inspiring crackle, is like being hit over the head with a long, soggy sermonette.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 9, 2015
It's understandable that DuVernay would make a priority of avoiding excessive detail. But too much of the movie is like the opening: deliberate, broad, uninspired.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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
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
April 17, 2016
Oyelowo is the real deal, monumental in a film that isn't, muscling a middling historical drama into something absolutely worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 26, 2016
By avoiding this film being a straight bio-pic or relationship drama, DuVernay has created a historical and political drama that resonates today.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
February 26, 2016
There are sections in Selma that I treasure.
February 25, 2016
Taken as a whole, it's a deeply affecting, incendiary film and the most focused, accomplished biopic in a year of numerous offerings.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
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