Strong Island Reviews

July 24, 2018
Ford's building blocks are familiar, but this is no call-to-action film or how-to guide for getting answers and moving on.
July 24, 2018
It's deceptively simple, but it does so much so well. It's heartbreaking by the end...It's just really, really powerful.
September 21, 2017
A view of systemic racism through a highly personal and artistic lens.
September 16, 2017
Strong builds a poignant, methodical portrait of loss. Telling William's story won't bring him back, but at least it will let the world know he lived.
September 15, 2017
There are questions that circle around themselves, endlessly, providing no broader outlook. However, by the same token, it is that very lack of objectivity that makes Strong Island the experience that it is. It is a very tough film to shake.
September 15, 2017
The doc is a demanding, wrenching watch; an important work, if not necessarily one you'd recommend to your friends.
September 14, 2017
This potent film gives equal weight to complex emotions as well as bare facts. In the same way, it's not just the story of a man's death, but also a study of the aftermath.
September 13, 2017
Courageous, intimate, heart-rending ...
September 13, 2017
What's valuable here, in addition to Ford's visual mastery, is the wealth of context that he provides.
March 13, 2017
Ford is more than a witness-he is a crucial participant in the events of the film, and its elements of pain and guilt are reflected in his grief-stricken, self-interrogating aesthetic.
February 4, 2017
Ford's intent as a filmmaker isn't just to expose and protest the injustice of his brother's murder. It's to say: Behold what was lost. A life. A human being. A complex soul. A family's equilibrium. Feel what was lost.
January 30, 2017
Truly special, especially as it moves towards its final act, in which Yance begins to wonder about his own actions before William Jr.'s death, and how they might have contributed to the situation.
January 26, 2017
The documentary won't bring William Ford back, and it may give Yance Ford some catharsis, but more importantly it could and should lead to greater justice and empowerment.
January 25, 2017
Strong Island manages to mourn the loss of an innocent man and celebrate his memory at once; in the gap between those two sentiments, it finds a modicum of solace by expressing the complex range of emotions plaguing Ford and his family.
January 23, 2017
Solemn, searching and at times even poetic in its indignation, this is a sensitively crafted contemplation of corrosive grief, even if the unanswerable questions surrounding the case keep the film somewhat emotionally muted.