Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 12, 2012
    90
    Most famously, Belafonte ignited immense controversy both within and without the black community by repeatedly suggesting that Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice were the "house slaves" of the George W. Bush administration.
  2. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jan 12, 2012
    90
    The revelations keep coming in Sing Your Song and it's hard not to go googly eyed when, for a 1963 CBS special, you see Mr. Belafonte discussing the march on Washington with some fellow marchers, Mr. Poitier, Marlon Brando, James Baldwin, Charlton Heston and the film director Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jan 12, 2012
    80
    Belafonte still finds ways to address injustice - and now we have over 50 years of his example to follow and his music to enjoy.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jan 14, 2012
    70
    It's valuable for both the vintage footage Rostock has collected and for the observations provided by Belafonte, who is as charming, handsome and persuasive in his mid-80s as he ever was.
  5. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jan 12, 2012
    70
    Really more of an effusive autobiography of the 84-year-old singer-actor than a traditional documentary, so be prepared for something close to sainthood in its tone.
  6. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jan 12, 2012
    70
    Moving and enlightening as it serves up a crash-course in 20th-century history.
  7. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Jan 12, 2012
    63
    It's likely, then, that the film was directed by Susanne Rostock the same way Belfonte's new memoir, My Song, was written with Vanity Fair's Michael Shnayerson: to articulate, polish, and edit what the vociferous and at times alarmingly honest Belfonte wants to tell us without injuring his credibility outside of the left any further.
  8. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jan 12, 2012
    60
    There's a more courageous profile waiting to be made by someone who understands the man better.
  9. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Jan 12, 2012
    50
    Produced by his youngest daughter, Gina, this profile of Harry Belafonte, foregrounding the 84-year-old actor and singer's political activism, is a moving if occasionally wearying hagiography.

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