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Malcolm X

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Spike Lee

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Plot Summary

Filmmaker Spike Lee, star Denzel Washington (the New York, Boston and Chicago Film Critics' choice as 1992's Best Actor) and other talents vividly portray the life and times of the visionary leader. "One of the decade's best and most important films." (Arch Campbell, WRC-TV/Washington D.C.) One of the most charismatic and politically controversial voices in history, Malcolm X burst into the public consciousness with a radical perspective on race relations in America. His inspiring and enlightening ideologies touched and continue to influence the lives of millions. The New York Film Critic's Circle awarded Denzel Washington Best Actor for his role in what Newsday calls "an extraordinary movie...powerful and compelling. Denzel Washington's performance is a tour de force!"

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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91%
  • Reviews Counted: 55
  • Fresh: 50
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: An ambitious, tough, seriously considered biographical film that, with honor, eludes easy characterization. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Lee and company have performed a powerful service: they have brought Malcolm X very much to life again, both as man and myth. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Jan 6, 2010

Fresh: Lee has chosen a big subject and, with his quirky talent, has done it superb justice. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Sep 3, 2002

Fresh: A spiritually enriching testament to the human capacity for change -- and surely Spike Lee's most universally appealing film. – Rita Kempley, Washington Post, Sep 3, 2002

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Customer Reviews

This Movie Is Deep !!!!!

One of Denzel Washington's best roles Period !!!

Malcolm X (4.5 mics)

Undeniably one of Spike Lee's best films, and a significant breakthrough at the time for his carrer; quote "This is the hardest film I've had to make". Overall, the film had a well adapted screenplay (co-written by Spike Lee) and nearly perfected direction. Denzel Washington portrayed Malcolm X in the sense I personally think Spike Lee wanted to portray him, by evidently representing his notable flaws and charmable qualities as an individual. From my perspective Malcolm X is an overall very complex individual of which whom became devoted to the muslum religion. You don't necessarily have to be fond of X to enjoy the film, but understand the challanges he faced to deliver justice to the Black/African-American culture. Here Lee uses an effective narrative to capture Malcolm's personal obstacles and confrontations throughout his lifetime. As an overall result the film is a considerable breakthrough regarding Spike Lee's carrer and descriptively identifies a man that stood up for his traditional roots. Great Film.

One of the 10 best Movies of the 90's

Definitely one of the greatest epics ever made on one individual. From the set pieces, costumes, music and acting, this movie takes you into a world that no one but Spike Lee could direct at the time. Some scenes with music are forever etched in my mind because of the beauty of the cinematography that they were placed in. (My Prayer and A Change Is Gonna Come) Spike Lee in top form and one of my favorite movies of all time.

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