"This is documentary filmmaking with highly effective nuanced creative choices . . . Watching Street Fighting Men reminds of Last Train Home . . . James leverages an equally successful effect in chronicling Detroit’s larger story through these three men and the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood . . . The tension of violence’s persistence underscores every scene. James captures it effectively without ever showing violence being committed."
"While a documentary, it comes across as a fictionalized drama, the characters searingly captured in such a natural way, oblivious to the camera."
"This is the sort of documentary that needs genuine trust between filmmaker and subject in order to get made . . . each person is one man against a system much larger than him and mostly indifferent to his struggle. They can't do it alone, and there's not that many people who have their backs."
"Street Fighting Men embraces some heavy subject matter but it shows the natural ebb and flow that exists in people’s lives . . . James’ camera captures some moments of natural levity, some deeply touching moments, and some moments of real horror and sadness . . . If Street Fighting Men comes to theater near you it is worth your time to check out, especially if you liked Moonlight last year."