Selma Reviews

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January 9, 2020
In bringing together the personal, the political, and the historic, DuVernay has crafted a film that will be remembered and studied for years to come.
December 30, 2019
...offering not only a superbly-realized presentation of a particular series of events, but also a sense of what it meant to live through the historical period in question.
November 27, 2019
It's the weight of history that gives Selma so much emotional heft.
October 21, 2019
...[I]n zooming in on one moment, director DuVernay and writer Paul Webb really force us to live in the trial by fire that was the American South in 1965.
August 2, 2019
As director, DuVernay employs a style of storytelling... that makes it possible for audiences to find the film engrossing, entertaining, and educational.
July 30, 2019
Selma is spectacularly staged, impressively acted and narratively satisfying. But it is also something much, much more and we need much, much more like it.
July 16, 2019
Selma tells a great story about a triumphant moment in civil rights history and the losses it took to get that win, but it doesn't nostalgically let us forget that this moment is just a chapter break in a longer war that still rages on today.
May 17, 2019
There is nothing saccharine about Selma. DuVernay does justice to the illustrious subject matter... and that's no mean feat.
May 2, 2019
A very satisfying picture.
April 29, 2019
In a time where dedicated activists are speaking their own truths to leaders who are often even less responsive, movies such as Selma feel more essential than ever.
March 20, 2019
Selma's cultural significance is critical and will inevitably permeate all conversations about the film. As a reviewer, I must stress that its cinematic value speaks for itself, even when you swipe away the context of today's struggles.
February 16, 2019
Selma serves as a pointed and poignant riposte to our current historical moment. It's an important film about an important story. It deserves to be seen, shared, discussed, and, like the events it depicts, never forgotten.
February 1, 2019
What makes Selma a truly fine film is the imagery we see.
January 24, 2019
Director Ava DuVernay has crafted an impressive film that doesn't just chronicle the events in Selma, but serves as an impressive portrait of King both as a leader in the civil rights movement and a flawed family man.
December 31, 2018
From the intriguing backroom politics to the sacrifices made during the era, director Ava DuVernay and screenwriter Paul Webb turns a well-documented history lesson into essential cinema.
December 17, 2018
Selma rejects... the false ingenuity of the oscarizable biopic, to bet on a polyphonic story, where Dr. King becomes a cohesive element of a series of social agents essential for a change. [Full review in Spanish]
December 11, 2018
Selma is decidedly matter-of-fact and yet it bursts with emotion. When confronted with scenes of shocking brutality, DuVernay knows exactly when to turn the camera away.
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.
October 15, 2018
Nevertheless, the performances are uniformly excellent with Oyelowo conveying both the iconic magnetism and human-sized modesty of King's personality.
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]
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