Like Lincoln, Selma represents something of a missed opportunity by focusing on one critical stage of the Civil Rights movement instead of opening the scope up just a bit. Unlike Lincoln, Selma is a good movie, strong, compelling, and even masterful for a long stretch. But the final third or so gets a little draggy, and the film ends in a relatively anticlimactic way that does not do justice to history.
And I hope it doesn’t sound petty, but why does a movie which practically demands some sort of opening credits have none? I’ve commented on this trend before, and I once again found it unnecessarily irksome. In spite of this annoyance, Selma still gets a 7/10.