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  • 60
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Perhaps best suited for younger audiences, who will be more receptive to a vital history lesson only if it's given a music video-style treatment. show more

  • 75
    Jennie Punter The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    With young audiences definitely in mind, the film puts a fresh spin on the issues and struggles of the civil-rights movement. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The film is primarily interested in the music that accompanied this turmoil, which is a bit like covering the American Revolution with the focus on the wigs Washington and Jefferson wore. show more

  • 63
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    The music is the occasion, and it’s stirring. What linger, though, are the images — and the ideals and emotions they convey. show more

  • 80
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    Songs such as "We Shall Overcome," "Wade in the Water" and "This Little Light of Mine" are powerful to begin with. Listening to them, music-video-style, over footage shot during the era, however, elevates them. show more

  • 60
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Even if you’ve seen this footage of the sit-ins at Southern diners, the Selma-to-Montgomery marches and Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral before, you can’t help but be moved to your core. show more

  • 70
    The New York Times

    It’s the kind of film that will have audiences clapping and singing along. And why not? The images and stories may be familiar, but it’s history worth retelling. show more

  • 60
    Village Voice

    More often than not, these musical interludes are more like distractions aimed only to entice younger audiences (not a terrible thing). show more

  • 75
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    Through vivid archival material and voice-overs, the filmmakers create moving vignettes that, taken together, form a fascinating primer on nonviolence as a political force and discipline. show more

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