Selma (2015)

SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 9, 2015
DVD Release Date: May 5, 2015
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fueled by a gripping performance from David Oyelowo, Selma draws inspiration and dramatic power from the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr. -- but doesn't ignore how far we remain from the ideals his work embodied.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

More often than not ... "Selma" focuses on the one thing we don't expect in a movie about Martin Luther King Jr. - his doubts - and Oyelowo comes through with a deeply felt and quite brilliant performance.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Like Dr. King did, the film captures your mind and your heart as it entertains, the way great movies often do.

Uri Klein

Selma is not just a chronicle of historical developments; it aims to do more than just involve us in King's fight and move us as it unfolds. The film is very frequently moving, but it has higher, more intelligent goals than that.

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Wesley Morris

This is a film about work: the work at hand, the work it takes to do the work, and, for an audience in 2015, the question of whether the work worked.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

An uneven yet generally skillful effort that has probably drawn more praise and criticism than it warrants.

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Hugo Hernández Valdivia

... its relevance grows in times when tempers are easily exasperated and the use of violence is privileged. Here it is, I insist, the best of Selma. [Full review in Spanish]

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Vivid, nuanced and, yes, timely.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

This is what Selma dares to do so well: show us the small, private moments in King's life, the intimacies, the humanity.

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Robert Kojder
Flickering Myth

A racially and politically charged biopic full of vivid violent imagery that is sure to haunt viewers, and an emotionally gripping performance from David Oyelowo as the spiritual civil rights movement leader

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
The story of Martin Luther King's efforts to give black Americans the right to vote in the 1960s is mostly engaging and interestingly portrayed. Some… More
Spencer S.
It's downright depressing to realize that a biopic set fifty some years ago is just as relevant today. Amidst one of our greatest racial upheavals in… More
Kevin M. Williams
There is a problem with the revolution: too often the ends are forgotten in times of plenty. Because of that we are often inflicted with poor quality calls to… More
Kase Vollebregt
Ava DuVernay creates some superb sequences, but the film's real success spawns from Oyelowo's performance and his exploration of the man beyond the… More
Alice Shen
Such a travesty that David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay were not nominated for Best Actor and Director Oscars. Oyelowo could and should have easily swept awards… More
Carlos Magalhães
A riveting and hard-hitting account of brave resistance and victory in a historical fight of universal significance, and it relies on a splendid performance by… More