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Based on 15 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Sometimes the film, even if it's a "mixtape," bites off more than it can chew, delving into the Attica Prison uprising, heroin addiction and the Vietnam War. But all in all, this film will give you a new perspective on the past - and the present. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Lengthy clips of leaders including Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael bring us back to emotional moments in this country's history. show more

  • 70
    James Greenberg The Hollywood Reporter

    This is a film that should be seen by anyone who wants to learn where we've come from as a nation. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    It's an imperfect but ambitious film willing to confront an enormous, complex period in this country. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    Simply put, the documentary is full of cool talking heads pontificating rather than taking physical action. show more

  • 80
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    The pieces here are wonderful, even if the documentary fails to make any kind of overall analytical point. show more

  • 60

    While it assumes a fair bit of knowledge of the social changes exploding in sixties America, there's a wealth of fascinating material and punchy insights into an earth shaking movement. show more

  • 78
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    It plays very much like it advertises itself: a mixtape – Fear of a Black Planet, then and now. show more

  • 83
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    A tangy raw stew of history, even if it never begins to confront the contradictions that bedeviled black militancy. show more

  • 75
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    It may not add up to a narrative, but it's a fascinating compilation -- a mixtape you may want to hear more than once. show more

  • September 25, 2011 moramdm
    Report This User

    amazing footage from a time in America where our own media was not really covering a critically important social revolution.

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