Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's an imperfect but ambitious film willing to confront an enormous, complex period in this country.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A tangy raw stew of history, even if it never begins to confront the contradictions that bedeviled black militancy.
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
The pieces here are wonderful, even if the documentary fails to make any kind of overall analytical point.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
It plays very much like it advertises itself: a mixtape – Fear of a Black Planet, then and now.
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San Francisco Chronicle

Sometimes the film, even if it's a "mixtape," bites off more than it can chew, delving into the Attica Prison uprising, heroin addiction and the Vietnam War. But all in all, this film will give you a new perspective on the past - and the present.
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Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
It may not add up to a narrative, but it's a fascinating compilation -- a mixtape you may want to hear more than once.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
This is a film that should be seen by anyone who wants to learn where we've come from as a nation.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Lengthy clips of leaders including Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael bring us back to emotional moments in this country's history.
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While it assumes a fair bit of knowledge of the social changes exploding in sixties America, there's a wealth of fascinating material and punchy insights into an earth shaking movement.
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Slant Magazine

Simply put, the documentary is full of cool talking heads pontificating rather than taking physical action.
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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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