I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro (2017)

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: February 3, 2017
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Peck's references to current events reveal Baldwin's view of history and his prophetic visions to be painfully accurate.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

By weaving in old speeches, pieces from other books, and even some visual juxtapositions that maybe only he fully understands, the director makes a persuasive, intuitive case for Baldwin as a poet and a prophet.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A short capsule review cannot do this documentary's depth of intelligence justice, but suffice to say that it uses history and literature to peel back old wounds and reveal fresh ones.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A film essay that's powerfully and painfully relevant today even though its subject died almost 30 years ago.

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Odie Henderson
Village Voice

I Am Not Your Negro travels a straight, well-researched path from the darkest tragedies of American history to the ones that plague the country today.

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S. James Wegg
JWR

20 years after his death, James Baldwin's voice, passion and insights are just as powerful as ever.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Bringing a sense of gravitas to Baldwin's words is Samuel L. Jackson, whose decidedly nonfurious narration is his finest performance to date, bar none.

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Owen Gleiberman
Variety

If you watch "I Am Not Your Negro," you'll spend a kaleidoscopic and transporting 90 minutes living inside James Baldwin's mind, coming thrillingly close to his existential perception of the hidden meaning of race in America.

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

With intellectualism once again under assault in America, it's worth remembering that we once produced giants like James Baldwin, and had the good sense to honor and embrace them.

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