Tongues Untied (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Tongues Untied (1989)




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Marlon Riggs's controversial, brilliant and highly political look at racism and homophobia in the United States. Availing himself of a plethora of artistic forms -- including poetry, music, and oral history -- "Tongues Untied" unravels and reveals the dual prejudices that African-American gays must deal with on an everyday basis. This was originally aired on PBS, where it stirred extremely strong reaction throughout the nation. A spellbinding and provocative film.


Critic Reviews for Tongues Untied

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

At heart, it's a celebratory film which buzzes with intelligence, unashamed emotion, adrenalin, and that strange tenderness forged in suffering.

May 20, 2020 | Full Review…

[Riggs] is anguish, passion, rage and defiance, using the camera to undermine prejudice and ignorance while boldly and eloquently celebrating diversity.

May 20, 2020 | Full Review…

It is a remarkably rewarding effort.

May 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Tongues Untied is that rare, almost perfect work of art that sprang naturally, organically from a tribe yearning to snap the chains.

May 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Watching Tongues Untied is like walking through a locked door for the first time... The tongues untied here will never be silent again.

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Tongues weaves poetry, performance, popular culture, personal testimony and history in a complex pattern that emerges as an essentially personal statement.

June 6, 2001 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tongues Untied

I cannot but urge everyone to rediscover this audacious, provocative and essential masterpiece that spoke and still speaks for the black/gay fight against oppression - a wonderfully poetic call to action that remains important as long as silence continues to echo with complicity.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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