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Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP.
Drama - This is not a traditional biopic on famed African-American attorney
and later Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, but a film
centered on one of his cases, and an earlier and lesser known one at
that. Also, he shares the lead spotlight with another lawyer
involved in the case, and as such Josh Gad has just as much screen
time and focus in this film as Marshall's portrayer, Chadwick
Boseman. Fans of both will have much to enjoy here while other
familiar faces such as Sterling K. Brown and Kate Hudson have smaller
supporting roles. Language, sexual content, and mature subject
matter such as rape and racism make the film not for young kids, but
most parents may find this to be acceptable viewing for older
pre-teens and up.
Dan Stevens BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Kate Hudson MOTHER'S DAY, ROCK THE KASBAH, WISH I WAS HERE Chadwick Boseman GET ON UP, 42 Josh Gad A DOG'S PURPOSE, ANGRY BIRDS, THE WEDDING RINGER Director: Reginald Hudlin SERVING SARA, THE LADIES MAN
PROFANITY: 1 F-word 3 S-words; 6 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief glimpses of rape and sex with no nudity. VIOLENCE: Rape; a fight; a beating. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some banter and wisecracks.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good ... this movie – fiery, well-constructed, and compelling with all the twists and turns viewers like in a courtroom drama – lifts the man off the text book page and imbues him with a movie hero presence. It's engaging and inspirational but, in terms of what it reminds us of, it's also important.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good There's an almost B-movie quality to certain parts—a touch of "Shaft”—and I mean that as praise. What I like most about Marshall the man and "Marshall” the film are their laid back confidence. I hope the filmmakers are already working on "Marshall Returns.”
Rolling StoneFull Review Good Marshall, directed with spiky humor and propulsive drive by Reginald Hudlin... Marshall is a fiercely entertaining film, but not a great one. Charged by Boseman's dramatic lightning, Marshall gives us an electrifying glimpse of a great man in the making.
Slant MagazineFull Review Average Is it out to win anyone's heart and mind? No, and the most depressing thing about the film is its vague insinuation that the moment for doing just that long ago passed.
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