Nate Richard’s review published on Letterboxd:
Judas and the Black Messiah is quite the powerful film; from Shaka King's direction, to the central performances, this is not one you want to miss. King's direction is extremely impressive, his direction feels atmospheric and immersive, it's easy to tell just how passionate he was when making this film; he has quite the future ahead of him. LaKeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya are both equally phenomenal in their roles completely transforming themselves into their characters and giving the best work of their careers; they deserve every bit of praise being thrown their way. Dominique Fishback also truly shines in her role and she has excellent chemistry with Kaluuya. I did feel that the pacing here was a bit shaky, the film definitely jumps into things too quickly without much set-up and then starts to slow way down as the film draws on, it definitely expects the audience to go in knowing some of the history which may turn some viewers off. Despite that, Judas and the Black Messiah is an excellent and engaging drama that's definitely going to stick with me for awhile.