Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah

Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) won a Golden Globe in this true story drama as Fred Hampton, deputy chairman of the national Black Panther Party, who was targeted by the FBI. LaKeith Stanfield (Knives Out) co-stars as William O’Neal, a petty criminal coerced into helping the FBI silence the Black Panther Party. Also stars Dominique Fishback (Project Power), Ashton Sanders (Moonlight), Emmy nominee Jesse Plemons (Fargo: Season 2) and Golden Globe winner Martin Sheen as J Edgar Hoover.

Best Supporting Actor (Kaluuya) at both the Golden Globes and BAFTAs 2021.
2021Rating: MA15+, Strong violence and coarse language125 minsUSA
CrimeDramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical

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Judas and the Black Messiah / Reviews

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Flicks, Laumata Lauano

In Shaka King’s historical drama, Daniel Kaluuya plays a powerful—if slightly watered-down version—of Fred Hampton, radical leader of the Black Panthers, with LaKeith Stanfield as William (Bill) O’Neal, an informant cultivated by the FBI. It’s a compelling watch that will have you engrossed and hoping for events to turn out differently from what you may already know is coming.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

Delivered this boldly and with tension to spare only makes it hit that much harder.

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USA Today

USA Today

What makes "Judas" stand out is an emphasis on the personal aspects of a true revolutionary who tried to empower others for the greater good while unknowingly facing subterfuge from within.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

If anything, the fact that this film feels enervating and relevant 50 years later speaks to just how right Hampton was. You can kill a person, but you can't kill an idea.

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Variety

Variety

The powerful film puts the current moment into fresh historical context and suggests that ambivalence can its own form of betrayal.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An electrifying ensemble piece...

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

A nerve-wrenching conspiracy movie that ends up closing in on one of its conspirators.

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Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

May stir the pot some, and I'm glad.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Shaka King's film, anchored by two sterling lead performances, complicates the expected narrative of martyrdom.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Shaka King is a force to be reckoned with.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Daniel Kaluuya gives an electrifying performance...

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