MLK/FBI

critic Reviews

, 99% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • MLK/FBI presents a sobering overview of the American intelligence community's efforts to discredit and destroy a leader of the civil rights movement.
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    Amon WarmannEmpire Magazine
    An eye-opening documentary that poses hard questions and gives no easy answers, MLK/FBI is a worthy addition to the ever-timely media concerning Martin Luther King Jr.
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    Leonard Maltinleonardmaltin.com
    I don't know that MLK/FBI reveals anything new about its subject, but it clarifies & amplifies facets of his story in a timely way. It couldn't be more relevant, as a document of history or as a cautionary tale about balancing a public & private existence
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    K. Austin CollinsRolling Stone
    What are we going to do with the material itself? It's a question whose answers remain to be seen. The accomplishment of Pollard's documentary is that it so capably and persuasively prepares us to ask it.
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    Simran HansObserver (UK)
    Cleverly uses the FBI's pursuit of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr to tell the entwined history of leftwing protest and state-sanctioned surveillance.
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    Claudia PuigFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    I think it really shows the importance of King as a person, as a human, as opposed to the icon that we have come to think of him as.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    This documentary is a really necessary rewind... to remind everybody how Martin Luther King Jr. was seen in his day, at his time.
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    Robert Greene IIThe Nation
    King's tortured relationship with the FBI is the subject of the new documentary MLK/FBI. Directed by Sam Pollard, it offers a comprehensive overview of how the FBI targeted King during his years of activism.
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    Jordan RuimyWorld of Reel
    Feels unfinished and leaves you wanting more
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    Tom MeekCambridge Day
    The film doesn't so much champion King as it does examine the challenges he had to overcome to ignite a movement.
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    Michael CalleriNiagara Gazette
    Using rich black-and-white archival footage and calling upon the detailed insights of historians and experts in social justice, among others, [Director] Pollard and his team take the controversial story and make it fresh and fascinating.
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