“Great. Engrossing. Unsettling. As timely as an alarm clock.”
A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Acutely relevant. Couldn’t be more timely. This film seems like one of the most urgent titles… this year.”
Vanity Fair

“Artfully assembled. It may be the best of this year’s very impressive slate. Illuminates the darkest, most insidious corners of American power and racism—past and present.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Seethes with despair and distrust. The film is a sobering watch and a timey reminder that King’s struggle for racial justice wasn’t straightforward, nor is it close to complete.”
The Atlantic

“Illuminating and infuriating. Draws uncanny parallels to current social turmoil ad the continued fight for equality at a time when it seems necessary to hear King’s words again.”
USA Today

“Powerhouse doc. Rewarding. Meticulously damning.”
Los Angeles Times

“Arriving with… urgency, Sam Pollard’s documentary… paint[s] a damning picture of fear and prejudice backed up by institutional might.”

“Expertly made. A finely tuned, perfectly edited film, one that builds to a remarkably current chapter about the power and need for legal protest.”

“Essential. A potent cautionary tale. The documentary’s greatest strength is how it connects to our current moment is how the status quo fights to keep things the same for those in power.”

“Riveting. The presence of pro-institution, anti-Black, and anti-communist propaganda still shapes American society to this day.”

Town & Country



“Excellent. Infuriating.”

“Engrossing. Scathing. Between the violent tap downs of Black Lives Matter protests, and the kidnapping of protestors in unmarked vans, it feels life we are repeating history. Pollard's MLK/FBI is... a critical chapter that should be imprinted inside every white American's heart. Especially right now.”
The Playlist


“Powerfully topical.”
The Toronto Globe & Mail

“Connects the dots between then and now.”
Screen International

“Searing. At a time when King’s legacy seems irrevocably sanitized by the white establishment that he died fighting against, any work that digs deeper into his life is an act of rebellion. MLK/FBI goes even further than Selma, implicating the entire white political establishment for being threatened by King as a leader and a man. MLK/FBI indeed serves as a chilling reminder that white supremacy is… a cruelty baked into the fabric of our political system, poisoning it at every level. Change comes when we allow ourselves to challenge the stories we have been told about our history.”
Jourdain Searles, The Hollywood Reporter