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1,435 Ratings

Malcolm X

Directed by Spike Lee
United States, 1992
Drama, Biography


Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

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Malcolm X Directed by Spike Lee

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1993 | Winner: Best Actor (Denzel Washington)

Academy Awards

1993 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Critics reviews

The possibility of finding or creating any recognizable sort of social reality in Roxbury or Harlem in the 40s, apart from images in other bad movies, seems not only beyond Lee’s range but beyond his comprehension or interest… Fortunately, the movie gets much better once its hero lands in prison, and ideas and rhetoric — most of it supplied by the Autobiography — fill in some of the various cavities in the screen left by the period, settings, and characters.
December 11, 1992
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Malcolm X

    Spike is more dialectical than he gets credit for: his public persona may be an obstinate provocateur, but his best work simply asks you to understand people's choices in the face of problems without easy answers. Hence why I, a white man who doesn't consider himself a devil, can feel edified by passages of "white devil" rhetoric. And why the main constant trait of the film's pilgrim is his passion.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Malcolm X

    This is a true American classic. Denzel Washington gives the performance of his career as this larger than life man who was a true hero to his people. This is an important film that should be required viewing in all history classes. Spike Lee crafts a brilliant epic that is up there with the greats and could possibly be his best film.

  •'s rating of the film Malcolm X

    Tell Jesus to kiss my ass.

  • Den-Leroy Kangalee's rating of the film Malcolm X

    Purely for Denzel's performance! Spike Lee doesn't have the fervor or spirituality or integrity to have made a true "Malcolm X" movie...If he'd had the spiritual commitment of a Bresson - perhaps. Could you imagine? Bresson and Denzel? THAT would have been something. Or maybe if Spike had used the original screenplay by James Baldwin...

  • sabrina's rating of the film Malcolm X

    Not only does this film portray the internal antagonisms within Nation of Islam under Elijah Mohammad, but also the internal antagonisms within Malcolm X. His thoughts and actions mirror Baldwin's discussion in "The Fire Next Time," thus having read Baldwin before watching this film contextualized the political, religious and personal tensions of the era. In addition, Denzel's performance was also i n c r e dible.

  • Tibulle85's rating of the film Malcolm X

    Un bon film, militant tout en demeurant nuancé: il expose bien la rage (légitime) qui pouvait habiter les afro-américains à cette époque, tout en ne cachant pas les dérives et errements de certains de leurs mouvements. Et malgré sa longueur, le film se suit agréablement, sans que l'ennui gagne (hormis peut-être la dernière partie, aux effets trop appuyés et qui tend à s'éterniser).

  • MGeo's rating of the film Malcolm X

    It is hard for biopics to rise above their reputation as Oscar bait and there are few which feel genuine and memorable (Ed Wood/Man on the Moon being examples); this is one of them. I wouldn't call it Spike Lee's masterpiece (see Do the Right Thing), but it is his second best film. Washington completely transforms into Malcolm X. Beautiful camerawork and storytelling make this an epic in every sense of the word.

  • Jimmi HRS's rating of the film Malcolm X

    Finally psyched myself up to sit through over three hours of one of Spike Lee's most renown films. Parts of the film were slow and a bit tedious but Lee's use of interesting camera angles and Denzel Washingtons stellar performance managed to keep it well paced and engrossing. This film isn't just a story of one man but rather the struggle of a race fighting for equal rights. I really believe everyone should watch it.

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