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1,870 Ratings

Malcolm X

Directed by Spike Lee
United States, 1992
Drama, Biography, History


A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the ’50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left a legacy of self-determination and racial pride.

Our take

A bravura biopic from writer-director Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, BlacKkKansman), this insightful, engrossing epic does full justice to its subject: civil rights leader Malcolm X. A nuanced exploration of the man and the myth, anchored by a rousing performance from Denzel Washington.

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

National Film Preservation Board

2010 | Winner: National Film Registry

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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