Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    May 9, 2014
    80
    Songs such as "We Shall Overcome," "Wade in the Water" and "This Little Light of Mine" are powerful to begin with. Listening to them, music-video-style, over footage shot during the era, however, elevates them.
  2. 75
    With young audiences definitely in mind, the film puts a fresh spin on the issues and struggles of the civil-rights movement.
  3. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    May 9, 2014
    75
    Through vivid archival material and voice-overs, the filmmakers create moving vignettes that, taken together, form a fascinating primer on nonviolence as a political force and discipline.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    70
    It’s the kind of film that will have audiences clapping and singing along. And why not? The images and stories may be familiar, but it’s history worth retelling.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    May 9, 2014
    63
    The music is the occasion, and it’s stirring. What linger, though, are the images — and the ideals and emotions they convey.
  6. 63
    The film is primarily interested in the music that accompanied this turmoil, which is a bit like covering the American Revolution with the focus on the wigs Washington and Jefferson wore.
  7. Perhaps best suited for younger audiences, who will be more receptive to a vital history lesson only if it's given a music video-style treatment.
  8. 60
    Even if you’ve seen this footage of the sit-ins at Southern diners, the Selma-to-Montgomery marches and Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral before, you can’t help but be moved to your core.
  9. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    60
    More often than not, these musical interludes are more like distractions aimed only to entice younger audiences (not a terrible thing).

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