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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Sep 26, 2013
    100
    An enormous pleasure. The performances are so fresh and natural – yet so subtle and delicately judged. The direction is superb in its control and the cinematography creates a gripping docu-realist vision.
  2. Nov 9, 2012
    88
    It can't be overstated just how Nothing But a Man is militantly tone-deaf to the Hollywood muzak of race relations.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Nov 8, 2012
    80
    The title almost suggests manhood as something trifling. The film, however, confirms it's a mighty hard ideal to reach.
  4. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 8, 2012
    80
    Its historical import as a peripheral civil-rights document can't be understated.

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