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.
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.
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.
Oct 23, 2015
Combining archive footage and present-day interviews, and using music to drive the story, Nelson tells a complicated and often violent story in lithe, inventive fashion.
Oct 23, 2015
Conventional as a documentary, but speaks about much more than the just the subject at hand.
Oct 22, 2015
It might have benefited from a more critical polemic (some of those Panther cats, I believe, weren't all good), but for an analysis of US racial dynamics as seen from the post #ICantBreathe era, it makes for sobering viewing.
Oct 22, 2015
Why are the Black Panthers not a force today? Has radicalism collapsed? An engrossing return to a forgotten past.
Oct 22, 2015
The film doesn't shake our suspicion that the stories being told have calcified into legend.
Oct 22, 2015
Exploring activism's role in the '60s struggle for civil rights, this is a powerful look at a contentiously iconic movement.
Oct 1, 2015
"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" arrives on PBS stations early next year. I suggest not waiting.
Sep 28, 2015
The documentary connects the past and the present so forcefully that we see our own reflection in the struggle to bring power to the people.
Sep 24, 2015
Nelson understands the play of outsized personalities and unexpected events, and he's helped that enough time has passed for former Panthers to feel comfortable telling their stories, especially to someone of Nelson's stature in the documentary world.
Sep 24, 2015
[A] straightforward, liberal-minded history of the Black Panther Party.
Sep 17, 2015
If "The Black Panthers" has been designed to leave viewers outraged and energized in equal measure, it succeeds with admirable style. It counts both as essential history and a primer in making sense of how we live now.
Sep 10, 2015
A brisk, balanced mix of interviews, archival footage, and photos backed by a pointed soundtrack ...
Sep 5, 2015
Half a century later, the Panther movement could find a renaissance in a situation that seems not all that different. Things change, but in many ways they stay the same, and you'll wish the film just didn't have to be so timely.
Sep 3, 2015
"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" is not a particularly exceptional movie in form, but as a thorough record it is extraordinary.
Sep 3, 2015
An impressively detailed explication of how quickly the Black Panthers rose and fell.
Sep 2, 2015
[An] intelligent, admiring documentary about the legendary political group, a sprawling narrative that inevitably leaves some threads dangling.