In Prison My Whole Life
In Prison My Whole Life (2008)

Since his incarceration in 1982 for allegedly shooting a Philadelphia policeman to death, Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal has awaited execution on Death Row, vociferously protesting his innocence; he now qualifies as one of the most famous… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 18, 2008
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A disappointing and unfocussed death row documentary that deals with many worthy issues, but struggles to find its voice.

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

This subjective approach subsumes the film's powerful subject, making 'In Prison My Whole Life' just another self absorbed agit-prop documentary.

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Kevin Maher
Times (UK)

Essentially a Trojan-horse documentary that purports to deal with the crime, it is actually a discussion on race, politics and the American psyche.

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Jessica Baxter
Film Threat

It's something you need to see if you don't know anything about Mumia or if, somehow, you missed the notion that bigotry is rampant on the police force.

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Jay Weissberg

The legitimate case for death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal's retrial gets another airing in British helmer Marc Evans' unfocused, oddly naive In Prison My Whole Life.

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Andrew Pulver

A well-meaning but unfocused documentary.

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Caroline Henshaw
Boxoffice Magazine

Despite the complex subject matter the film retains a hopeful tone.

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Sam Jordison

A worthy film, highlighting what seems to be a rank injustice, but one that is irritating and poorly put together.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

While some of the testimony, from the likes of Steve Earle and Mos Def is powerful, many of the parallels Francome and Evans attempt to draw feel slightly spurious and their conclusions lack sufficient back up.

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