Selma Reviews

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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.
October 4, 2018
Ava DuVernay's Selma is a beautifully observed drama of public and private lives, of personal narratives and historic moments.
September 25, 2018
David Oyelowo breathes such life into it and makes you feel like you're seeing this person for the first time.
September 25, 2018
It's extremely difficult to portray a legendary historical figure in a way that does justice to both that figure's momentousness and his humanity, but Oyelowo has found a way to do it.
September 25, 2018
Even if DuVernay stumbles a bit when it comes to political sausage-making (really, who knows?), the film is dramatically tight and emotionally true.
February 6, 2015
In some ways it's beyond criticism as the first-ever major movie about this heroic campaigner.
February 5, 2015
In Selma, British actor David Oyelowo subtly transmogrifies himself into Martin Luther King Jr, displaying intelligent self-doubt, not flash political pomp.
February 5, 2015
Ava DuVernay's vital civil rights drama is the film Martin Luther King deserved.
February 5, 2015
A passionate movie, commanding and compelling, all about Martin Luther King and his civil rights march in 1965 from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital Montgomery.
January 19, 2015
Needless to say, Dr. King's message has never been more relevant.
January 12, 2015
More often than not ... "Selma" focuses on the one thing we don't expect in a movie about Martin Luther King Jr. - his doubts - and Oyelowo comes through with a deeply felt and quite brilliant performance.
January 9, 2015
Directed with confidence by Ava DuVernay, it's a movie about how King changed America by having the canny political genius to show the country an image of itself that it could not bear.
January 9, 2015
This is a film about work: the work at hand, the work it takes to do the work, and, for an audience in 2015, the question of whether the work worked.
January 9, 2015
DuVernay has made a film that is less about easy catharsis or reignited fury than it is a drama that speaks of the vision, strategic discipline, and political wrangling required to maintain and grow democracy.
January 9, 2015
Like Dr. King did, the film captures your mind and your heart as it entertains, the way great movies often do.
January 9, 2015
An uneven yet generally skillful effort that has probably drawn more praise and criticism than it warrants.
January 9, 2015
This is what Selma dares to do so well: show us the small, private moments in King's life, the intimacies, the humanity.
January 8, 2015
As a film, Selma is solid if unspectacular. As a dramatic portrayal of recent U.S. history, however, Selma burns with a fierce intensity.
January 8, 2015
We see history as it unfolds, not as it has been encased in amber, in a movie that needs to be seen in these anxious days of renewed racial and cultural unrest.
January 8, 2015
The movie is riveting. It reminds us not only of how far we have come as a society but how far we have yet to go.
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