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Do Not Resist (2016)



Critic Consensus: Do Not Resist takes a grim look at American law enforcement that poses crucial - and potentially frightening - questions.

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Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, DO NOT RESIST - the directorial debut of DETROPIA cinematographer Craig Atkinson - offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action - from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of "righteous violence" to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments - before exploring where controversial new technologies including predictive policing algorithms could lead the field next.

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (16)

This doc is a vital record of an America transitioning to martial law so quickly and stealthily that we're barely acknowledging the change.

December 1, 2016 | Full Review…
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As chilling as it is one-sided.

November 14, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Doubling down as director and cinematographer, Craig Atkinson proves worthy at both assignments.

November 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While Atkinson's intentions are good, his methods are shaky, resulting in a surface-skimming film that raises issues without ever approaching a solution.

November 11, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This is not a film about racism in America. It is, instead, a film about the increased militarization of America's police forces. And it is scary stuff indeed.

November 4, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Most of these bits and pieces have merit, but the connections are so loose that "Do Not Resist" amounts to little more than a grab bag.

October 20, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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