Picks and Pans Review: Malcolm X

updated 12/28/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/28/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

The greatest strength of Spike Lee's biography is that it does not please all interested parties. Instead, driven by Denzel Washington's quiet magnetism, it traces Malcolm's evolution from hepcat and criminal to conflicted and charismatic hero.

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