Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. It leaves you stirred and uplifted not only by its music but also by the determination and courage of the people who sang and danced it on the way to a freer life.
  2. What songs, what people and what a triumph that their music won in the end.
  3. Finds a way to impart this sad history while raising our spirits at the same time.
  4. Told with such sadness and exaltation, such mastery of image and sound, that watching it makes you feel renewed and hopeful.
  5. 90
    In Amandla!, history doesn't just come alive--it sings, dances, and issues a passionate plea for justice and equality. The film joyously celebrates music as both a means to an end and an end unto itself.
  6. The film they have put together is dense with sound and information, but it moves with a swift, lilting rhythm that is of a piece with the musical heritage it explores.
  7. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    90
    Exhaustively informative and powerfully emotional.
  8. A documentary that is as thoughtful and inspiring as the music it celebrates.
  9. Reviewed by: Ann Powers
    90
    Hirsch edits segments together to merge disparate voices, showing how for this movement, music was no universal language -- it was specific, pointed, and almost paranormal in its power.

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