Malcolm X Synopsis
The civil-rights leader (Denzel Washington) rises from criminal to crusader.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film is inspirational and educational - and it is also entertaining, as movies must be before they can be anything else.
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100

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
Mr. Lee means for Malcolm X to be an epic, and it is in its concerns and its physical scope. In Denzel Washington it also has a fine actor...
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90

Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
A spiritually enriching testament to the human capacity for change -- and surely Spike Lee's most universally appealing film.
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80

TV Guide

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Lee's biography of the slain civil rights leader treats Malcolm, not as a political rallying point, but as a fully rounded individual whose...
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80

Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
Lee's finest, most unabashed labor of love.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
A mortal movie about an immortal subject and the very fact that it succeeds as well as it does is a testament to Lee's skills as a...
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60

The New Yorker

The movie is disappointingly impersonal; it doesn't provide readers of the autobiography anything like a fresh vision of its remarkable...
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60

Variety

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The picture comes up short in several departments, notably in pacing and in giving a strong sense of why this man became such a legend.
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40

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
Lee has tried hard to give this shapeless picture some visual patterning though the cluttered effect created by his mistrust of silence is...
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By Ruby_Redz
I'm just glad Spike Lee finally got the go ahead to realease this movie. It was a very good Bio story....

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Rated PG-13
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Insightful and well-rounded portrait of Malcolm X.
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