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Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"More of a tribute than a hard-hitting piece of American filmmaking, which is too bad, because the subject - the imprisonment of ex-Black Panther figure Mumia Abu-Jamal - deserves a thorough, serious examination."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
""Mumia" gradually becomes a persuasive attempt to celebrate the content of his character, not the violence that apparently led to his imprisonment."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"You don't have to agree with Abu-Jamal's politics to admire his work ethic-or his eloquence."
‑ Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Picks
"A documentary charting the extraordinary life and work of Mumia Abu-Jamal from his prison cell over the last 30 years."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Director Stephen Vittoria lines up a roster of writers and educators, actors and activists, to sing Abu-Jamal's praise. And praise they do."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Vittoria avoids discussing the crime for which Abu-Jamal spent 29 years in solitary confinement on death row, instead tracing the path of a brilliant journalist whose message cannot be silenced."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Long Distance Revolutionary is a blistering indictment of institutionalized racism and also a sensitive picture of a fascinating human being."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"Purports to tell the true story of the titular imprisoned, controversially outspoken death-penalty opponent, but eventually degenerates into an orgy of congratulation."
‑ Kenji Fujishima, Slant Magazine
"A film that would let us decide the pros and cons of his life for ourselves would certainly be welcome."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The doc is unapologetically one-sided, and spends more time canonizing Abu-Jamal than exploring the murder and trial themselves."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"This tiresome documentary on activist journalist and convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal buries its subject under waves of gratingly repetitive accolades."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International
"A reverential biopic that wisely leaves the damning evidence on the back burner in favor of focusing on everything about Mumia Abu-Jamal except what exactly transpired at the corner of 13th and Locust in the wee hours of December 9, 1981."
‑ Kam Williams,
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