Lumumba (2001)

The story of political leader Patrice Lumumba, Congo's first prime minister who helped lead his country to independence from Belgium in the late 1950s. Lumumba's vision of a united Africa gained him powerful enemies: the Belgian… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 27, 2001
DVD Release Date: October 22, 2002
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Ebouaney's fiery performance makes Lumumba compelling.

Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Peck, who assayed Lumumba's life in a 1991 documentary, now paces the doomed man's story like the genuine thriller it is.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

An engrossing film that attempts to unearth a dark period of African history and the short-lived tenure of Lumumba's power.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

It's a prime example of how a historical drama can be politically correct but thoroughly embalmed. The memory of Patrice Lumumba deserves better.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

At the heart of the movie is Ebouaney's performance as Lumumba, every bit as intense as Denzel Washington's as Malcolm X.

Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

The vividness of the figures and situations whets the appetite.

Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Drawn from life or not, film people need some flaw, some depth, a facial betrayal of emotional struggle. If not, they are the stuff of action adventure, rooted for but at once forgotten.

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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News

Ebouaney is easily the best thing about this import.

Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

Ebouaney is given the daunting task of carrying a heavy film, and rises to the challenge with Denzel Washington-esque conviction.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

One day, when Ebouaney is a huge star, people will look back at this film and say 'That's what did it.'

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