The New York Times, May 17, 2015
American Photo, December 11, 2015
TIME, November 25, 2015
LensCulture, December 30, 2015
The New York Times, Times Talk, May 7, 2015
Smithsonian, November 27, 2015
Tribeca Film Institute, June 7, 2016
"Riveting...In a calm, understated tone, Southern Rites digs deep to expose the roots that have made segregated proms and other affronts possible. Southern Rites is a portrait of the inequities that lead to disaster on the streets of cities like Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo."
"There is room here for many different, even contradictory thoughts. But that Laub allows for human messiness as an agent of this tragedy doesn't mean that she denies the social context. Her eye is keen; much drama proceeds from the light and landscape and the mortal faces of Laub's subjects working around to an idea."
"This excellent HBO documentary puts a small Southern county beset by racial tensions under the microscope."
"This documentary is at similar times heartbreaking, but incredibly affecting."
"Timely and impactful film.”
"...one of the most provocative documentaries I've seen in a long time."
"Southern Rites is an engaging piece of long-form investigative journalism about a, sadly, ongoing issue, and for that reason alone, it is as much of a must watch as Selma."