A review of Banished in the New York Times calls the award-winning documentary "quietly sorrowful." Reviewer Manohla Dargis calls for more investigation into America's racial cleansings:
There’s no denying that this ugly chapter deserves more than an occasional well-meaning documentary. (A national day of mourning might be a good start.) … Mr. Williams has done his own part to shed needed light, though I wish he had dug longer, harder.