Selma Reviews

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January 22, 2021
One of the most effective, well-crafted historical biopics that I've ever seen... giving us a moment in history that feels immediately familiar to the moment we are currently living in.
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.
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.
October 4, 2018
Selma is an always-gripping, often-bruising film, with fantastic performances and a solidly written script that contextualizes King's work in an effectively impactful way.
October 4, 2018
I this movie has some of the most powerful moments I've seen I think all year.
October 3, 2018
Selma is an important movie, yes, but it is also a great one.
October 2, 2018
There are no wasted moments here. There are no wasted characters. The film is as much about Martin Luther King Jr. as it is about the people he worked with, and fought for.
October 2, 2018
It is a very, very good movie, beautifully shot by Bradford Young and deftly, almost astonishingly well-directed by relative newcomer Ava DuVernay.
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.
September 1, 2017
So, is Selma the film I wanted? No. Is is a good film? Yes, but it's not great.
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.
May 23, 2016
Selma isn't a discrete story of one moment in time that we can observe safely from the sidelines. It is all around us, every day.
February 8, 2015
In compact, economical form, DuVernay sets out her table: the juxtaposition of domestic intimacy and institutional violence; the tension between the personal and political; the vivid interplay between the historical and the contemporary.
February 6, 2015
In some ways it's beyond criticism as the first-ever major movie about this heroic campaigner.
February 5, 2015
The famed American civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr has been strangely under-represented in the cinema. Ava DuVernay's excellent third film thankfully puts this continued omission right.
February 5, 2015
Selma is a rousing political drama, made with enough verve and passion never merely to seem didactic. Its near complete absence from this year's Oscar nominations is baffling and suggests a double standard.
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