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.

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