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1,838 Ratings

Black Panther

Directed by Ryan Coogler
United States, 2018
Action, Sci-Fi, Drama


T’Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country’s past.

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Black Panther Directed by Ryan Coogler

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2019 | 3 wins including: Best Costume Design

2019 | 4 nominations including: Best Original Song

National Board of Review

2018 | Winner: Top Films

BAFTA Awards

2019 | Winner: Special Visual Effects

Writers Guild of America

2019 | Nominee: Adapted Screenplay

Black Panther both enacted success and staged a comic-book drama where, instead of the usual weirdly deracinated clashes and hand-wringing, it actually felt like something was at stake: the survival of an independent black culture, taking the form of Wakanda in the film but resonating widely in terms of representation.
January 02, 2019
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Cartoonish-archetypal performances swirl around Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o, each one more interesting than the two leads are allowed to be. . . . Michael B. Jordan, the tragic villain who emerges as a true threat to Wakanda, hits his conflict hard, hams it up but not Loki-style, and emerges as the first bad guy in movies who is handsome hunk and matinee idol at the same time.
July 16, 2018
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The affecting intimacy of Fruitvale Station emerges in a vision-quest-slash-flashback that so fully humanizes the story’s villain that the surrounding superhero clichés feel stretched to a breaking point. Not a perfect movie — or even the explosion of Marvel formula its biggest champions claim — but impressive all the same.
June 28, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Black Panther

    Easily one of Marvel's strongest films—and Coogler's too. The plot zips along with intrigue, the cast has chemistry, the action pops, and the way it leans proudly into an Afrocentric identity is fruitful. It invites you to intellectualize it to a point and no further, but it has arguably Marvel's first interesting villain and a rare showdown where something more meaningful is at stake than merely "saving the world."

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Black Panther

    I watched this months ago but never rated it. Maybe because it left me so confused at the time. I do love its characters, but I rooted for the vilain. I do love the action, but there's some really bad filmmaking here too. I do love the message, but the script's not nearly as good as it thinks it is. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. On the contrary. This is a huge gamechanger and there's room to emprove

  • Anatoli Ulyanov's rating of the film Black Panther

    So the “villain” is a left-wing revolutionary who wants to liberate all Black people on Earth and the “good guys” are some right-wing nationalists with names like King Gorilla? Even “The White man” played by Frodo Baggins is unable to distract me from the odor of a counter-revolutionary Hollywood propaganda.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Black Panther

    An interesting, urgent, more-nuanced-than-you-might-expect debate between preservation (cultural, national, personal) and intervention in the wider world, as festooned, garlanded, and shot through with bells, whistles, body-blows, and a dazzling, dizzying assortment of hyper-machined vibranium what's-its. The argument appears to be won by good old-fashioned liberal humanitarianism--techie, secular, globalist. Huh.

  • Jérémy Poirier's rating of the film Black Panther

    This is a total game changer. It is both an exciting Marvel movie but a really relevant allegory too. I love that the villain has legitimate motivations. Black Panther and Killmonger are like the two sides of the same coin which is what a really good villain should be. That being said, the film could have used more of him rather than more of the character of Andy Serkis. Still very impressive and enjoyable though.

  • VincentVendetta's rating of the film Black Panther

    After Hollywood sold pure fantasies to its white audience, it now looks to other groups of people, other "markets", to absorb their identities into its computer generated world. Like its protagonist says in the final confrontation, Black Panther is just as bad as its enemies.

  • Renton47's rating of the film Black Panther

    James Bond is a good aspiration for this series (as if Marvel could turn them out quick), and had it honed in on villainy, set pieces and scenery changing it might have worked. I guarantee nobody thinks the swagger MBJ brings to his limited screen time wouldn't have made a better film, and it does poorly by his arc/intent. His appearance is iconic, Boseman's laconic. Negative points for not using a R&B playlist.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Black Panther

    Heavy is the head that wears the crown, and director Ryan Coogler has delivered a film that lives up to both the awesome responsibility of ruling Wakanda and the acclaim of 2015's "Creed." The first half of "Black Panther" is the slight and colorful Marvel Universe movie you may be expecting, before the story develops into an almost operatic tragedy with one of the most dynamic villains since Heath Ledger's Joker.

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