Free Chol Soo Lee

critic Reviews

, 100% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Free Chol Soo Lee powerfully relates a story of injustice while issuing a searing indictment of the systemic racism that enabled it.
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    Robert AbeleLos Angeles Times
    In its clear-eyed empathy for the totality of life, “Free Chol Soo Lee” is only deepened by not ignoring what happens when the spotlight fades on a righted wrong...
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    K. Austin CollinsRolling Stone
    There’s an entire history of political representation to confront here, in other words, and even when Free Chol Soo Lee doesn’t seem to be taking this problem on in a direct way, the movie’s self-aware deviations from the norm are pronounced.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    [An] impressive and wrenchingly sad documentary...
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    Donald ClarkeIrish Times
    The taut film takes us through the story with great economy.
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    Leslie FelperinFinancial Times
    The film captures the activist spirit of the 1970s-1980s and the many characters involved in Lee’s story, while refraining from any kind of hagiography of its central character.
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    Cath ClarkeGuardian
    What makes the film so engrossing is how much attention the film-makers give to Lee’s complicated life after prison...
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    Phil GuieFilm-Forward.com
    The filmmakers never lose sight of the importance of the mass mobilization of ordinary Asian Americans. In the archived footage, the numbers of protestors increased over time, as well as their passion.
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    Hilary A WhiteSunday Independent (Ireland)
    Thanks to co-directors Julie Ha and Eugene Yi, this lesson from history gets a timely if conventional retelling. Archive footage and talking heads help depict a complex and weirdly obscure saga that leaves a bitter aftertaste.
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    Tom ShoneSunday Times (UK)
    The film's reliance on second-hand material makes it rather impersonal, but it's still a potent tale.
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    Steph GreenWeLoveCinema
    Given the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes and ongoing miscarriages of justice today, Free Chol Soo Lee sadly offers plenty of lessons the world has yet to learn from.
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