Selma

Selma

Selma

David Oyelowo (Interstellar) is the great Martin Luther King in this historical drama detailing the legendary activist, the civil rights marches from Selma to the state capital of Alabama, and President Lyndon B. Johnson’s (Tom Wilkinson) role in the era. Nominated for two Academy Awards including Best Picture.

In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King has just won the Nobel Peace Prize, and enjoys unprecedented access to the White House for an activist. But in Alabama, among other US states, Jim Crow voting laws still enforce racial segregation by making it easy to deny voter registration to black applicants. Traveling to Alabama, King and other activists formulate a plan to challenge the racist state through non-violent means. But the Alabama establishment won't go down without a fight - legal or literal.

Best Original Song (for John Legend and Common) at the 2015 Academy Awards and Golden Globes
2014Rating: M, Violence & offensive language128 minsUK, USA
BiographyDramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical
95%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

As politically astute as it is psychologically acute...

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A daunting challenge for any actor, Oyelowo rises to the task, in a film that eschews the traditional biopic approach.

4.0
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Time Out

Time Out

press

Meticulously researched and elegantly scripted... toggles between moments big and small, though everything feels necessary.

5.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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I have rarely seen a historical film that felt so populous and full of life, so alert to the tendrils of narrative that spread beyond the frame.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Unimpeachably important, ambitious in its scope and handsomely presented, it has all the hallmarks of a trophy winner, for better and worse.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A necessary film, even an essential one, with more than its share of memorable performances and vivid, compelling sequences.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The film represents a rare example of craftsmanship working to produce a deeply moving piece of history.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Incredibly powerful and often moving, anchored by an awards-worthy performance from Oyelowo.

4.0
0

With a career defining performance from Oyelowo and a story that is engaging from beginning to end this is more than a worthy Best Picture runner up to Birdman. A true story that is beautifully paced and executed. Superb

5.0
0

I'm almost having a Déjà vu watching this film. It's toooooooo predictable!

3.0
0

This film is excellently crafted and avoids trying to deal with too many parts of the whole in depth while still allowing audience to piece together the issues at play surrounding this pivotal event. There are one or two monologues that try to say a bit more than needed but that is understandable given the depth of the issues being covered. Also avoids...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

As politically astute as it is psychologically acute...

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A daunting challenge for any actor, Oyelowo rises to the task, in a film that eschews the traditional biopic approach.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Meticulously researched and elegantly scripted... toggles between moments big and small, though everything feels necessary.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

I have rarely seen a historical film that felt so populous and full of life, so alert to the tendrils of narrative that spread beyond the frame.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Unimpeachably important, ambitious in its scope and handsomely presented, it has all the hallmarks of a trophy winner, for better and worse.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A necessary film, even an essential one, with more than its share of memorable performances and vivid, compelling sequences.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The film represents a rare example of craftsmanship working to produce a deeply moving piece of history.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Incredibly powerful and often moving, anchored by an awards-worthy performance from Oyelowo.

4.0
0

With a career defining performance from Oyelowo and a story that is engaging from beginning to end this is more than a worthy Best Picture runner up to Birdman. A true story that is beautifully paced and executed. Superb

5.0
0

I'm almost having a Déjà vu watching this film. It's toooooooo predictable!

3.0
0

This film is excellently crafted and avoids trying to deal with too many parts of the whole in depth while still allowing audience to piece together the issues at play surrounding this pivotal event. There are one or two monologues that try to say a bit more than needed but that is understandable given the depth of the issues being covered. Also avoids...

5.0
0