Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26

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  1. Though overlong and repetitive, Hirsch's film is vitalized by the same music that helped keep the revolutionary spirit alive.
  2. The film itself is a bit on the talking-head side, evoking none of the passion and anguish that are the music's trademarks.
  3. 50
    Watching the uncertain and disappointing new apartheid documentary Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony'' is like going to the lecture of an impassioned but really disorganized professor.
  4. 50
    Needs less talk, more music.
  5. Most successful as a tribute to the martyrs of the anti-apartheid struggle. It fails, however, as a well-reasoned documentary on the subject of the relationship of music to social change.
  6. There are lots of lively tunes in an excellent cause, but in the end you wish you'd either probed more deeply into historical events or heard more uninterrupted minutes of inspired performing.

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