Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 100
    Lumumba revives the tradition of Pontecorvo's "The Battle of Algiers" and Costa-Gavras' "Z" and "State of Siege." In substance and excitement, it joins their ranks.
  2. What matters now, what Lumumba conveys, is the urgent chaos of revolution.
  3. 90
    Genuine thriller -- with one crisis hurtling after another, heightened by hauntingly brief moments of peace.
  4. Lumumba is potent stuff. Complex, powerful, intensely dramatic.
  5. 90
    Mr. Peck's gambit works, and the result is a great film and a great performance.
  6. 89
    As fluid and intellectually stimulating as the man himself, a tragic, heartfelt take on an event some 40 years old that feels as fresh as yesterday's Times.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. TahaC
    Mar 15, 2008
    A poignant and infomative film. Demomstrates how the machinations of Imperialism systematically destroy one of the few ethical statesmen who might have made Congo into a safe and orderly Republic. The same tactics were employed in other fledgling African countries as well, causing most of the countries in the dark continent to fall into banana republic mode or semi-anarchy. A very well acted and powerful film. Full Review »