The Obituary of Tunde Johnson

critic Reviews

, 83% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Marc SavlovAustin Chronicle
    The Obituary of Tunde Johnson takes an eerily unique and effective aim at the ongoing slaughter of young black men by white police officers. Tunde stands in for those whose keening obituaries we've already read.
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    Beandrea JulyHollywood Reporter
    An agonizing tale about the weight society hoists upon too many black gay men's weary shoulders, it's the kind of film that lingers in your mind days after you've seen it, as much due to the relevant subject matter as to Tunde's penetrating gaze.
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    Amy NicholsonVariety
    The cumulative assassinations begin to ache like a mysterious bruise, making the audience feel the psychic weight of living in fear. Yet, the style of the film is more teen soap opera than vérité miserablism.
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    Sarah BoslaughTheArtsStl
    ... a young black man [is] killed by the police, over and over again, each death immediately followed by him startling himself awake in his own bed, so he can live the day of his death over again.
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    Jared MobarakThe Film Stage
    Kalu and LeRoi not adhering to time loop convention becomes a powerfully conscious choice rather than a mistake.
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    Dennis Harvey48 Hills
    Ambitious and accomplished if uneven, this is a mixed bag that is nonetheless well worthwhile.
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    Danielle SolzmanSolzy at the Movies
    The Obituary of Tunde Johnson is a film that should get audiences talking...
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    Frank J. AvellaEdge Media Network
    This highly ambitious, audacious work is never what it seems...The creatives are going for something sublime here and they masterfully (and deliberately messily) achieve that goal.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Luke GorhamIn Review Online
    Any semblance of internal logic is abandoned in favor of desired emotional beats, and even those are mostly blunted by the seemingly arbitrary nature of each new development.
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    Stephen SaitoMoveable Fest
    A cleverly constructed drama about a young man struggling to carve out an identity for himself is bound to throw you for a loop in more ways than one.
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