Reviews: Race (2016)

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  • [New – 2/25/16] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Race’ feels, much of the time, like a missed opportunity, and that’s a shame. It’s an important story about a groundbreaking African American, and it’s disappointing to see it reframed, by its (white) director and (white) screenwriters, as a film that’s just as much about the white people around him.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [O]ne can’t help but feel that the movie downplays the far more important ideas and ideals here.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online
  • [New – 2/25/16] | Kenji Fujishima @ Paste
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Old-fashioned, conventional biopic that’s inspirational – a noble effort…
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Even though Race is stuffed to the gills with training, racial tension, and Nazi skullduggery, the entire effort consistently drags. Opening up Owens’s story inside a larger context is an effective choice, but Race refuses to tie it together.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Race finishes in the middle of the biopic genre pack – a bronze medal winner that honors Jesse Owens but falls short of cinematic greatness.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Pajiba
    • Excerpt: Hopkins was attempting to make the definitive film about Jesse Owens and the 1936 Olympics, where Nazi prejudice played into political pressures and the making of Leni Riefenstahl’s historic documentary Olympia. And so Owens’ story gets lost in the midst of these others.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Jesse Owens deserves an impactful, powerful, meaningful and memorable film. Unfortunately, Race isn’t it.
  • Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Earnest and semi-hagiographical (like the recent ’42’ about Jackie Robinson’s breaking of Major League baseball’s racial barrier), it’s hard to dislike but at the same time easy to criticize for treating its subject in such glossy, sanitized terms.