Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    May 9, 2013
    More a deification than a documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Aug 22, 2013
    More of a tribute than a hard-hitting piece of American filmmaking, which is too bad, because the subject - the imprisonment of ex-Black Panther figure Mumia Abu-Jamal - deserves a thorough, serious examination.
  3. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jan 31, 2013
    The documentary is unapologetically one-sided, and spends more time canonizing Abu-Jamal than exploring the murder and trial themselves. Still it raises issues of racism in America (flashback to George Wallace) that are worthy of discussion.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jan 31, 2013
    Stephen Vittoria's documentary about Mumia Abu-Jamal -- unrepentant commie cop-killer to some, political martyr to others -- makes no bones about its allegiance.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jan 31, 2013
    The samples of Mr. Abu-Jamal's writings aren't generous enough to establish whether his is a singular voice or just a prolific one, with Mr. Vittoria instead letting the film wander considerably.
  6. Feb 28, 2013
    Mumia Abu-Jamal would be the perfect subject for an investigative documentary that explored his life and thought with a calm and even hand. Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary is not that film.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jan 29, 2013
    The overall fist-pumping rhetoric (lots of earnest reciting of Abu-Jamal's prose) and a failure to address the possibility that he might have, in fact, shot that cop in 1981 make this profile more hagiography than history.
  8. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Jan 29, 2013
    Purports to tell the true story of the titular imprisoned, controversially outspoken death-penalty opponent, but eventually degenerates into an orgy of congratulation.
  9. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Jan 29, 2013
    Oblique and thickly layered with rhetoric, this account does little to illuminate Mumia the man, but it sets Mumia the statue aglow.

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