May 18, 2021
An absorbing and timely look at the Black Panther Party and American police violence.
Jun 9, 2020
The fact that the Black Panthers were an Oakland, CA-launched group only adds to the importance of African-American doc-maker Stanley Nelson's new film.
Apr 8, 2019
This tragic see-saw, which sees revolutionary enthusiasm digging the grave of revolution, is the subject of Stanley Nelson's angry, sorrowful, yet invigorating and timely history of the movement.
Mar 8, 2019
The film is well worth seeing, but in some respects reminded me of a presidential campaign commercial.
Aug 23, 2018
Vanguard, sadly, spends much of its time describing the boring and irrelevant power struggles between the biggest egos in the organization.
Sep 18, 2017
If the names Huey Newton, Bobby Seale and Eldridge and Kathleen Cleaver don't spark some recognition in you (and they should), Nelson's film acts as a smart, moving primer for anyone wanting a point of entry into the Black Panther origin story.
Sep 1, 2017
If you're doing general research on the Panthers and a need resource, or interested in learning more about their story (from a male perspective only), THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is definitely for you.
Jun 26, 2017
Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution paints a full, nuanced portrait of the party, and what it meant to those involved.
Mar 15, 2017
Stick with this movie. It has a lot to say, a lot to reveal and is pertinent to today's testy police/civilian race relations.
Mar 14, 2016
The Panthers' confused manifesto included shades of Marxism, Leninism and the black nationalist theories of Malcolm X... But the movement's descent into violence and corruption was swift and fatal, as Mr. Nelson's fine film painstakingly demonstrates.
Feb 17, 2016
Despite the title, not at all a "fan" tribute to a group that like so many others in the mad 1960s imploded through a combination of state repression and its own ineptitude
Feb 16, 2016
Nelson's documentary shows that the story wasn't as simple as most people remember today.
Feb 12, 2016
Obviously, there's more about America's postslavery institutions and their resisters than can fit in a two-hour movie. But with the aid of an extra-funky soundtrack, Vanguard of the Revolution makes a good, fist-pumping start.
Feb 9, 2016
Nelson's work, feeling more fragmented than kaleidoscopic, falls short of '60s-activist docs The Weather Underground (2002) or 1971 (2014). But sobering images and snippets of poetic insight linger.
Jan 11, 2016
The thing that struck me watching this was how little things have changed with white privilege and police killing blacks since this group started out as a self defense organization in Oakland, California in 1966.
Nov 24, 2015
There's still a crisis in black-white relations, which makes this film timely.
Nov 5, 2015
This film is an awakening even for people who watched the original coverage firsthand.
Nov 2, 2015
Nelson's film mixes rare archival footage with penetrating interviews to explore the successes, failures, myths and realities of the Black Panthers.
Oct 30, 2015
Vanguard of the Revolution is at its strongest when it entertains female voices: Elaine Brown, Kathleen Cleaver, Ericka Huggins. Their fire is vigorously undimmed.
Oct 25, 2015
A pulsing soul-power soundtrack, extensive and rare archive footage and fiercely honest contemporary interviews drive Stanley Nelson's blistering account of the rise and fall of the Black Panther party.