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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 3 out of 15
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  1. JackD.
    Oct 25, 2002
    9
    Not quite complete, but if you care about the state of Africa today you must see it!
  2. PatrickE.
    Jul 1, 2003
    9
    An excellent film combined with power and intense captivation. A tragedy that is truly felt.
  3. J.R.
    Nov 21, 2002
    10
    Compelling, brilliantly put together.
  4. YewandeA
    Dec 9, 2003
    10
    Excellent movie - This history was certainly not written in Brussels, Paris, or Washington!
  5. KevinS.
    Apr 25, 2003
    10
    Lumumba is a poignant and somewhat frustrating tale of a tragedy that should not have happened, but did.
  6. TahaC
    Mar 15, 2008
    10
    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 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. Expand
  7. HarryT.
    Nov 11, 2001
    10
    Brilliant.
  8. StevenS.
    Jul 15, 2001
    9
    Too long on torture and suffering, too short on exposition. Wonderful performances. Powerful film.
  9. Mexx
    Jul 25, 2001
    9
    Taut, breathless masterpiece.
  10. PauletteZ.
    Aug 11, 2001
    10
    Brilliant, compelling, though Mr. Lumumba almost certainly was not a saint.
  11. TundeM.
    Nov 21, 2002
    10
    The truth must be told.
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Structural shortcomings and all -- gives a neglected giant of African independence his due.
  2. Gives a white-knuckled, you-are-there account of a politician's dilemma, one whose repercussions are still felt in Africa.
  3. The film does succeed in making the story universal, giving us the drama as well as the history, the fire as well as cool examination. It's a movie that haunts you afterward.