Captures the state of civil rights during the late 1960s and provides color and shading to a character whom history associates with Black Hatred.
Would seem to be as close to a can’t-miss premise as one can imagine yet, despite that, it somehow does miss – and by a wide margin.
Well worth a look both as an exploration of love’s bitter aftermath and an example of how art can bloom even in the most challenging circumstances.
Feels like a condensed version of a story that, given more time to breathe, might have been fascinating and emotionally effective.
Works when viewed through the narrow lens of one character’s personal redemption rather than through a wider portal.
Feels like it was cobbled together out of different pieces of varying quality and, as such, it doesn’t work as well as it might.
Although there is a fair amount of regurgitation of the news story, "The Dissident" offers sufficient new material to justify its existence.
Although inconsistently paced, there’s enough compelling material here to make for a challenging and thought-provoking fly-on-the-wall’s perspective.
Not for those who crave light, uplifting entertainment but for anyone who wants a precise, visceral experience from a motion picture.