YMMV / Malcolm X


  • Anvilicious: The end, in which Ossie Davis flat-out tells us what to think about Malcolm X.
  • Award Snub: The film received a whopping two Oscar nominations for Best Actor (Washington) and Best Costume Design. It won neither.
  • Misaimed Marketing: "X Brand" potato chips. Yes, they were Halal. Yes, all the proceeds went to charity. Still...
  • Narm: As moving as the ending montage is, the sequence immediately after it, with the school children shouting "I am Malcolm X!" in succession, comes across as a bit forced and over-dramatic.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Frank, Detective Nick Falco, Tigh, just to name a few.
  • Vindicated by History: Despite its unexceptional critical reception around the time of its release and its relatively obscure status in the present day, several big-name fans (including Roger Ebert and Martin Scorsese) have proclaimed it to be one of the best films of The '90s. It's also regularly considered in the running for being Lee's best film alongside Do the Right Thing.
    • It was added to the National Film Registry in 2010, meaning that the US government considers the film to be culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.

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