Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield give award-worthy performances as party leader Fred Hampton and the man who betrayed him.
Mark Kermode, The Guardian
Judas and the Black Messiah represents a disciplined, impassioned effort to bring clarity to a volatile moment, to dispense with the sentimentality and revisionism that too often cloud movies about the ’60s and about the politics of race. It’s fascinating in its own right, and even more so when looked at alongside other recent movies. I have in mind, for starters, Sam Pollard’s documentary MLK/FBI, about Hoover’s earlier obsession with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A.O. Scott, New York Times