Patrik Sandberg’s review published on Letterboxd:
It says something about the films of the past year that I was taken aback by the scale, richness, style, ambition, and execution of this genuine epic. Shot stunningly, written with the gritty detail and circuitous cat and mouse suspense of a gangster flick with swells of celluloid melodrama in all the right measure, Judas and the Black Messiah is the real deal. It can sit alongside Lumet, Scorsese, and De Palma as a vividly textured and blood-soaked crime drama about the nation’s worst terrorist organization, the FBI. Shaka King should rocket to the top of the Best Director race alongside Fincher for this enormously accomplished howl of a production. Give him whatever the fuck he wants. And an Oscar goes to Lakeith, the best movie star of my generation. Very gay for this movie. I don’t even smoke and it makes me want a fucking cigarette.