Reviews: Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

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  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
  • Andrea Chase @
    • Excerpt: The religious overtones come towards the end of this searing examination of racial politics during the 1960s. And when they arrive, in a sequence that is most assuredly a shout-out to the Last Supper, director/co-writer Shaka King has earned the right, and then some, to invoke the metaphor
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: If you don’t know about the 1969 murder of Chicago Black Panthers Chairman Fred Hampton at the behest of J. Edgar Hoover, prepare to be shocked. If you do know the story, prepare to watch this film with a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach.
  • Candice Frederick @ National Catholic Reporter
  • Roxana Hadadi @
    • Excerpt: Why explore Black power icon Fred Hampton through the people who killed him?
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: an incredible account anchored by two compelling performances. If Daniel Kaluuya is the soul, then Lakeith Stanfield is the heart.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Shaka King shows us how and why the FBI assassinated Fred Hampton
  • Jared Mobarak @
    • Excerpt: So while Kaluuya is a powerhouse and deserving of what should be his second Oscar nomination, you cannot overlook the work Stanfield is doing while juggling these two fronts.
  • Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic
    • Excerpt: Shaka King has made a powerful film about loyalty and treachery and the continuing struggle for Black self-determination. In the wake of the George Floyd protests of last summer, which drew attention to state-sanctioned violence and murder perpetrated against Black people, King’s movie is as timely as ever.
  • [New] | James Wegg @
    • Excerpt: Black lives splatter: “Words are beautiful, actions supreme”