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Selma

ages 14+ | 93 % Say It's Worth Your Time

Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


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Rated PG-13 Brief Strong Language|A Suggestive Moment|Disturbing Thematic Material|Violence

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  • KSL Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    You genuinely feel you have been transported back in time while watching this film. It's both disturbing and deeply touching.

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  • (Male)

    ages 11+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie was awesome! I love history and this did not disappoint. I took my teenagers to this and they loved it as well. This movie gives an interesting background to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the struggles that brought it to the forefront. Martin Luther King was human as this movie portrays but he was a true hero. Definitely worth your time and money. Some scenes are very hard to watch but I would recommend for children 11 and up. Gives them an interesting look into a time thankfully they will never have to live through.

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  • (Male) Crosswalk

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    The march from Selma served as the fulcrum for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But given how little that event is remembered compared to the "I Have A Dream" speech from two years prior, this vigorous re-enactment of such a vital chapter – even with dramatic liberties taken – makes Selma an important document of historical awareness. More compelling still is the film's unexpected relevance. One can't walk away from Selma and not feel how much it resonates with America's current examples of racial unrest. It speaks to where we are now, perhaps more clearly than anything we're hearing on news channels or reading beneath headlines, especially as it sets a practical example of civil protest with moral clarity.

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    taken for what it is, “Selma” is an interesting and engaging glimpse of the civil rights movement at one of its most powerful moments. It won’t be the civil rights movie to define all civil rights movies, but it carries a worthwhile message.

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  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    While the message of this movie is powerful and moving, it is hard not to think how people will receive this movie. Especally when taking into account current events surrounding racial issues. The script of the film was powerfull and moving.

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  • (Male) Plugged In

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Selma is more than just a cinematic civics lesson, though. And it's not merely the sum of its theatrical parts (some of which involve violence, foul language, sexual sins and, of course, disturbing acts of racism). This powerful movie soars in a way that few do, reminding us all of how a determined movement led by a flawed-but-passionate preacher helped right one of America's greatest wrongs. It's a beautifully acted, emotionally stirring picture that makes us better understand why King—whose thirst for justice was in part powered by his Christian faith—is so lauded today, and why his death at the hands of an assassin was such a terrible tragedy.

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  • Dove Foundation

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    The sacrifice and cost of the Civil Rights movement are dramatized in a powerful way, including the explosion inside a church that took the lives of four innocent girls. Although the history is well presented, along with the compelling acting, the movie contains several utterances of strong language in addition to violent moments on screen. People are beaten with clubs and shot, and some of these scenes are plainly a shocking reminder of atrocities committed in the 1960s.

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  • ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Parents need to know that Selma follows the events leading up to 1965's momentous Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march organized by Martin Luther King Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference to campaign for voters' rights. Narrowly focused on the time leading up to the march, Selma provides a historical context for how each of the group's campaigns concentrated on raising awareness about a different issue in the segregated South. Expect several intense, disturbing scenes of race-based violence perpetrated against the non-violent protesters, including protesters being beaten bloody with sticks, weapons, and even whips. Others are killed, including innocent girls in a church that's blown up. Despite the historically accurate violence and the occasional strong language (ranging from "f--k" and "s--t" to frequent racial slurs) -- as well as a subplot about infidelity -- this is a powerful, educational drama that parents should watch with their mature tweens and teens.

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    Parents need to know that Selma follows the events leading up to 1965's momentous Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march organized by Martin Luther King Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference to campaign for voters' rights. Narrowly focused on the time leading up to the march, Selma provides a historical context for how each of the group's campaigns concentrated on raising awareness about a different issue in the segregated South. Expect several intense, disturbing scenes of race-based violence perpetrated against the non-violent protesters, including protesters being beaten bloody with sticks, weapons, and even whips. Others are killed, including innocent girls in a church that's blown up. Despite the historically accurate violence and the occasional strong language (ranging from "f--k" and "s--t" to frequent racial slurs) -- as well as a subplot about infidelity -- this is a powerful, educational drama that parents should watch with their mature tweens and teens.

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  • (Female)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    Instead of portraying the entire Civil Rights Movement, "Selma" focuses on the march Martin Luther King Jr. led from Selma to Montgomery to secure equal voting rights in the South. This choice allows for a more in depth look at the people behind this moment in history. The movie is full of racial slurs and violence that is not appropriate for anyone younger than high school age. David Oyelowo gives a great performance as Dr. King, and the supporting cast is impressive as well.

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  • ParentPreviews.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Best suited for older teens and adults, this movie portrays the often-bloody and even deadly interactions between protestors and police. Men and women are beaten repeatedly. Shots are fired and tear gas is used. As well, the script contains at least two strong sexual expletives along with other profanities, a crude hand gesture shown in some archival footage and racial slurs. Tackling these turbulent historical events, Selma explores not only the people behind the incidents and the sacrifices they made, but also the give-and-take required to achieve change in the fight for civil rights.

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  • (Male) Catholic News Service

    Mature 18+ | Worth Your Time

    Despite its apparently narrow focus, the picture presents a richly packed tableau of the era's characters, organizations and conflicting ideologies.

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  • (Female) Movie Mom

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    British actor David Oyelowo makes Dr. King into a real person, polite and respectful but also canny and insistent in his meetings with President Lyndon Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) in the Oval Office, devoted and compassionate with the members of the movement, stirring and inspirational at the pulpit and podium, and at his most vulnerable when he is alone with his wife, Coretta Scott King (Carmen Ejogo, who played the same role in the superb “Boycott”). Even over the course of the few weeks covered by this film, we see Dr. King constantly assessing, re-evaluating, learning, and growing.

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Okfor ages12+