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  Movie Review for Hotel Rwanda

Movie Review for
Hotel Rwanda



Hotel Rwanda
Also known as:

155 Reviews total.

Release date: 12/22/2004
Run length: 121 mins.
Categories: Drama , Kids/Family , Politics/Religion

Summary: Ten years ago, as the country of Rwanda descended into madness, one man made a promise to protect the family he loved--and ended up finding the courage to save over 1200 people. Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager in Rwanda, secretly used his position and intelligence to shelter over a thousand refugees during the genocide crisis. While the rest of the world closed its eyes, Paul opened his heart to prove that the human spirit can make us stronger than we’d ever imagine.

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda

By
Carlo Cavagna of AboutFilm.com (8/0)
            This is an important film to see, but its “importance” does not alone make it good. It only makes...

By
Mike McGranaghan of Aisle Seat (8/0)
            Hotel Rwanda is filled with urgency; there's not a single second of the film that doesn't feel in...

By
Josh Ralske of All Movie Guide (8/0)
            ...disappointingly conventional [but] an important film nevertheless...

By
Dan Jardine of Apollo Guide (8/0)
            The filmmakers want to respect history and not exploit it as so much slasher movie fodder.

By
Jamie Gillies of Apollo Guide (8/0)
            Don Cheadle is a revelation in his performance and is my pick as 2004’s best actor.

By
Phil Villarreal of Arizona Daily Star (8/0)
            The characters are cardboardish and even the uplifting moments of rescue seem antiseptic and set ...

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Philip Martin of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (8/0)
            ...an instructive and even profound movie about the survival (if not the triumph) of human decenc...

By
Lori Hoffman of Atlantic City Weekly (8/0)
            Cheadle embodies the humanity and bravery of a man who does the right thing despite his own terro...

By
Marc Savlov of Austin Chronicle (8/0)
            Scrappy, powerful, and shocking.

By
Jordan Hiller of Bangitout.com (8/0)
            Cheadle will be discussed come awards season, and not undeservedly, for his performance, but, aga...

By
Wilson Morales of BlackFilm.com (8/0)
            Don Cheadle has always been a good actor but with this film, he has raised his own bar to excelle...

By
Alan Dale of Blogcritics.org (8/0)
            When I say that I would happily watch Cheadle and Okonedo in anything ... I don't mean more movie...

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda
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Emily Blunt of Blunt Review (8/0)
            Hotel Rwanda is one helluva film; strong, blunt, moving, unsettling and eye-opening.

By
Sean O'Connell of Charlotte Weekly (8/0)
            Despite the shocking realities, you’ll leave Rwanda discussing one positive above all the negativ...

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Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times (8/0)
            ...riveting...

By
Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune (8/0)
            It's a great story. But it's Cheadle who makes the movie really special, delivering a memorable a...

By
David Sterritt of Christian Science Monitor (8/0)
            The subject is crucially important, but the movie dilutes its impact with by-the-numbers filmmaki...

By
CT Staff of Christianity Today (8/0)
            Cheadle is outstanding in his first major lead role, one where he is present during practically e...

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda
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Jules Brenner of Cinema Signals (8/0)
            Cheadle's portrayal of a steady hand in a vortex of hate and human decimation is an admirable mod...

By
Karina Montgomery of Cinerina (8/0)
            Don Cheadle's work is subtle, not showy – he won’t have a clip of him howling and shaking his fis...

By
Mark Palermo of Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) (8/0)
            Hotel Rwanda views the effects of tyranny at the level of personal, intimate determination and in...

By
Jeffrey M. Anderson of Combustible Celluloid (8/0)
            [Director George is] so successful that even the little dramatic tricks used to tie together disp...

By
Edward Douglas of ComingSoon.net (8/0)
            Don Cheadle shows once again why he is the most underrated actor in Hollywood.

By
Harvey S. Karten of Compuserve (8/0)
            If Don Cheadle could not have pushed the UN into genuine action in Rwanda of 1954, no one could.

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda
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Matt Brunson of Creative Loafing (8/0)
            For all its indignant ire, the movie is more than anything a humanist saga, and it's in this area...

By
Arthur Lazere of culturevulture.net (8/0)
            Conveys the horror and anguish of anarchy and massacre while keeping the violence off screen or d...

By
Chris Vognar of Dallas Morning News (8/0)
            A must-see for teens (and adults, for that matter) who know the Rwanda massacre as but a distant ...

By
Steven D. Greydanus of Decent Films Guide (8/0)
            Here, now, is the true face of human barbarity, and the true face of human heroism. Not in the no...

By
Steven D. Greydanus of Decent Films Guide (8/0)
            Here, now, is the true face of human barbarity, and the true face of human heroism. Not in the no...

By
Boo Allen of Denton Record Chronicle (TX) (8/0)
            Despite the film's infrequent fall into mawkishness, it delivers the emotional impact it seeks.

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda
By
David Thomas of E! Online (8/0)
            It's very difficult to do a PG-13 film about genocide. To some extent, director Terry George pull...

By
David Foucher of EDGE Boston (8/0)
            A powerful, stirring, necessary film.

By
Emanuel Levy of EmanuelLevy.Com (8/0)
            A cross between Schindler's List and Killing Fields, but not as good, Hotel Rwanda is too concern...

By
Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly (8/0)
            Hotel Rwanda is a strange history lesson that leaves us more overlectured than properly overwhelm...

By
Eric D. Snider of EricDSnider.com (8/0)
            A powerful, sobering film, alive with energy and urgency. It brings immediacy to a tragedy that m...

By
Eugene Novikov of Film Blather (8/0)
            Rusesabagina remains a vivid, remarkable character, and the screenplay crafts a hero without hero...

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda
By
Walter Chaw of Film Freak Central (8/0)
            This isn't a great film, but it threatens to be an important one.

By
Rex Roberts of Film Journal International (8/0)
            A notable film in numerous ways.

By
Phil Hall of Film Threat (8/0)
            Not recommended.

By
David Thomas of filmcritic.com (8/0)
            The story here is stronger than the actual screenplay, which is too bad, since this is a tale tha...

By
Shay Casey of FilmFocus (8/0)
            As it should, leaves you feeling exhausted and wrung-out.

By
Shay Casey of FilmFocus (8/0)
            As it should, leaves you feeling exhausted and wrung-out.

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda
By
Brian Orndorf of FilmJerk.com (8/0)
            George has constructed a fine dramatic feature, and a good first step to educating the masses on ...

By
Larry Carroll of FilmStew.com (8/0)
            A small, honest, emotionally complex film, Hotel Rwanda simultaneously destroys and reaffirms you...

By
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. of Goatdog's Movies (8/0)
            A star-making performance from a guy who should already be a star.

By
Eric Lurio of Greenwich Village Gazette (8/0)
            It's much like an African Shindler's List and is just as uplifting.

By
Peter Canavese of Groucho Reviews (7/1)
            Functions better as an emotional drama than a history lesson...remains an important and, at times...

By
Jeff Otto of IGN Movies (8/0)
            There are not enough words to describe how fantastic Don Cheadle's performance is in this film.

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda
By
Steve Rhodes of Internet Reviews (8/0)
            In a breathtaking performance that could easily be the best performance he will ever give, Don Ch...

By
Jackie K. Cooper of jackiekcooper.com (8/0)
            Don Cheadle provides heart and hope in this story of tragedy

By
Jackie K. Cooper of jackiekcooper.com (8/0)
            Don Cheadle provides heart and hope in this story of tragedy

By
Liz Braun of Jam! Movies (8/0)
            This is a story too big to even begin to comprehend, much less turn into a movie; still, by keepi...

By
Bob Bloom of Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) (8/0)
            It should be mandatory for everyone ... to see Hotel Rwanda. The carnage it graphically shows and...

By
S. James Wegg of JWR (8/0)
            ... the “devil in the detail” prevents George ... from delivering a more searing condemnation of ...

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda
By
David Kaplan of Kaplan vs. Kaplan (8/0)
            A sure candidate for best film of the year, Hotel Rwanda is not to be missed.

By
Jeanne Kaplan of Kaplan vs. Kaplan (8/0)
            This is an achingly stunning film. Using a word my partner is very fond of, it is riveting!

By
Andrea Chase of Killer Movie Reviews (8/0)
            maintains a low key feel throughout, and it is that approach, removing the palliative shield of m...

By
Linda Cook of KWQC-TV (Iowa) (8/0)
            This is one of those movies, like Schindlers List, that may give you nightmares. This is one of ...

By
Ernest Hardy of L.A. Weekly (8/0)
            Hooks viewers by having us ride shotgun to Paul's awakening consciousness.

By
Ernest Hardy of L.A. Weekly (8/0)
            Hooks viewers by having us ride shotgun to Paul's awakening consciousness.

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda
By
Robert Roten of Laramie Movie Scope (8/0)
            A tale of heroism of a few people against a massive tide of hellish chaos.

By
Carol Cling of Las Vegas Review-Journal (8/0)
            A wrenching fact-based account of the 1994 genocide ... Hotel Rwanda skillfully explores the horr...

By
Carol Cling of Las Vegas Review-Journal (8/0)
            A wrenching fact-based account of the 1994 genocide ... Hotel Rwanda skillfully explores the horr...

By
Nick Schager of Lessons of Darkness (8/0)
            Incapable of honestly confronting its ugly subject matter.

By
John Larsen of Light Views (8/0)
            Cheadle is excellent as Rusesabagina, a family man who turns to routine in order to survive chaos...

By
Kenneth Turan of Los Angeles Times (8/0)
            A film that uses the comfort of the predictable to make horror palatable to a wider audience.

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda
By
Mark Dujsik of Mark Reviews Movies (8/0)
            Achieves an incendiary level of power that has the ability to simultaneously anger and shock.

By
Duane Dudek of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (8/0)
            It is a passionate and powerful cautionary portrait of what can and does happen when the world lo...

By
Susan Granger of Modamag.com (8/0)
            Compelling, suspenseful depiction of the 1994 genocide during a Rwandan civil war - with an incre...

By
Kevin N. Laforest of Montreal Film Journal (8/0)
            Not the masterpiece that Schindler’s List is, but still a powerful film and an important reminder...

By
Ken Hanke of Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) (8/0)
            It's Cheadle who pushes the movie to at least near-greatness.

By
Ryan Cracknell of Movie Views (8/0)
            The best scenes are the ones that show the chaos of what was happening....Unfortunately such scen...

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda
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Andrew Sarris of New York Observer (8/0)
            The most truly inspiring movie of the year.

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Michael A. Smith of Nolan's Pop Culture Review (8/0)
            '...this will be the film that takes Cheadle from the ranks of character actor to one of the most...

By
Frank Swietek of One Guy's Opinion (7/1)
            A deeply affecting film as well as an impassioned one...featuring a stunning lead performance by ...

By
Mark Sells of Oregon Herald (8/0)
            The most significant event of the year.

By
Dennis Schwartz of Ozus' World Movie Reviews (8/0)
            A well-crafted and moving film that relates an important true story that needed to be told.

By
Jeremy C. Fox of Pajiba (8/0)
            Cheadle has been doing great, often hilariously comic, work in supporting roles for years; Hotel ...

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda
By
Frédéric Rochefort-Allie of Panorama (8/0)
            Pour un film qui veut dénoncer la violence, il l'aborde d'un regard plutôt délicat.

By
Jay Antani of Perihelion Journal (8/0)
            potentially fantastic material...unfortunately, [Terry] George's attempt is too mired in movie-of...

By
Sean Burns of Philadelphia Weekly (8/0)
            Here's a thrilling, socially committed film that knows how to engage an audience and communicate ...

By
Jon Popick of Planet Sick-Boy (8/0)
            A slightly better, slightly more expensive version of something you'd see as a television movie o...

By
Cynthia Fuchs of PopMatters (8/0)
            An important film, for its commitment and engagement, as well as its insistence that viewers make...

By
Glenn Kenny of Premiere Magazine (8/0)
            By turns harrowing and stirring, it's a shame-inducing history lesson that never feels like a lec...

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda
By
James Kendrick of Q Network Film Desk (8/0)
            the film fits easily into the Hollywood mold, in which trauma is dealt with best by a resourceful...

By
Louis Proyect of rec.arts.movies.reviews (8/0)
            A film long on drama, short on politics and history

By
Mark R. Leeper of rec.arts.movies.reviews (8/0)
            This is a film that shows humanity at its best and at its worst. Hotel Rwanda is a film of epic p...

By
David Nusair of Reel Film Reviews (8/0)
            ...it's impossible to deny the power of this true story - particularly given Cheadle's Oscar-wort...

By
Sarah Chauncey of Reel.com (8/0)
            One of the most disturbing films in recent memory.

By
Sarah Chauncey of Reel.com (8/0)
            One of the most disturbing films in recent memory.

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda
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Timothy Knight of Reel.com (8/0)
            An uncommonly good film of considerable intelligence and passion.

By
Robin Clifford of Reeling Reviews (8/0)
            powerful story, dynamic acting and careful crafting

By
Betty Jo Tucker of ReelTalk Movie Reviews (8/0)
            Don Cheadle's inspirational performance draws us more deeply into his character's plight with eac...

By
Donald J. Levit of ReelTalk Movie Reviews (8/0)
            Moves us to deep emotion and, naming names but not belaboring culprits, to great shame.

By
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone (8/0)
            ...a film of rare courage and imperishable heart.

By
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone (8/0)
            Despite flaws in execution, this is a film of rare courage and imperishable heart.

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda
By
Larry Ratliff of San Antonio Express-News (8/0)
            In addition to being an epic slice of riveting drama, Hotel Rwanda is that rare movie that can ac...

By
Sean McBride of Sean the Movie Guy (8/0)
            Solid acting, a shocking-because-it’s-true screenplay and wisely simple direction make “Hotel Rwa...

By
William Arnold of Seattle Post-Intelligencer (8/0)
            The supporting cast is particularly strong, especially Nick Nolte as a frustrated U.N. peacekeepe...

By
Moira MacDonald of Seattle Times (8/0)
            It has a genuine power: the ability of film to beam light onto dark days of history, making it im...

By
Rich Cline of Shadows on the Wall (8/0)
            told in an unflashy way that heightens the authenticity and gently--but rightfully--shames the We...

By
Ed Gonzalez of Slant Magazine (8/0)
            Terry George’s Hotel Rwanda takes a cue less from history than it does from Schindler’s List.

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda
By
Ed Gonzalez of Slant Magazine (8/0)
            Terry George’s Hotel Rwanda takes a cue less from history than it does from Schindler’s List.

By
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat of Spirituality and Practice (8/0)
            Best film of the year: an ethically rich story of a heroic African who responds to the deep dimen...

By
Michael Drakulich of Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL) (8/0)
            This was a story that needed to be told because the ethnic war that raged in Rwanda in 1994 is of...

By
Michael Drakulich of Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL) (8/0)
            This was a story that needed to be told because the ethnic war that raged in Rwanda in 1994 is of...

By
Dustin Putman of TheMovieBoy.com (8/0)
            As a dramatization of non-fiction events, a film that, more than anything, sets out to evoke dist...

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Frank Ochieng of TheWorldJournal.com (8/0)
            ...the consensus for heartbreak and rage is always at a premium high. This certainly can be said ...

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda
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Scott Nash of Three Movie Buffs (8/0)
            Inspires and entertains

By
Tony Medley of tonymedley.com (8/0)
            This is many times more exciting than any James Bond film, with the advantage that it's mostly tr...

By
Ken Fox of TV Guide's Movie Guide (4/4)
            It's a sad state of affairs when it takes a movie to teach people about a horrendous catastrophe ...

By
Urban Cinefile Critics of Urban Cinefile (8/0)
            The astonishing thing is we are left with a sense of human dignity and courage, and the evil of t...

By
Claudia Puig of USA Today (8/0)
            ...moving and powerful...

By
Matthew Turner of ViewLondon (8/0)
            Cheadle has always been a talented, watchable actor in supporting roles, so it's a delight to see...

                         Reviews of Hotel Rwanda
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Willie Waffle of WaffleMovies.com (8/0)
            Hotel Rwanda and Cheadle make the events come to life for us by focusing on one man's amazing, he...

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Desson Thomson of Washington Post (8/0)
            [The movie] sweeps over you with blunt, unequivocal conviction.

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John Beifuss of Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) (3/5) Login Required (Login Required)
            Not uncompromised, but still powerful...

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Stephen Holden of New York Times (3/5) Login Required (Login Required)
            ...hammers every button on the emotional console.

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Christopher Smith of Bangor Daily News (Maine) (7/1) No reference
            Don Cheadle is terrific in a movie that sometimes rises to the level of his performance, but whic...

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Susan Green of Boxoffice Magazine (3/5) No reference
            An effective example of social conscience on the screen.

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Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi of Broomfield Enterprise (3/5) No reference
            As powerful as the movie was, Don Cheadle was better.

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Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune (4/4) No reference
            ...a calm, riveting ground-zero look at a terrible slice of history.

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Jean Oppenheimer of Dallas Observer (7/1) No reference
            May be the most important film released in the past year. Among the class of 2004, it is certainl...

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Jeff Vice of Deseret News, Salt Lake City (7/1) No reference
            Cheadle brings a needed intensity to the film; his character's fear and compassion are quite vivi...

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Richard Roeper of Ebert & Roeper (3/5) No reference
            Perhaps the best movie of the year, worthy of multiple Academy Award nominations.

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Donald Munro of Fresno Bee (3/5) No reference
            This isn't a simple morality play with cardboard characters tugging at our heartstrings.

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Bill Clark of FromTheBalcony (6/2) No reference
            The film is an overwhelming, sad, and heartfelt achievement.

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Bill Clark of FromTheBalcony (6/2) No reference
            The film is an overwhelming, sad, and heartfelt achievement.

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Kenneth Turan of Journal News (Westchester, NY) (3/5) No reference
            The story it tells is such a wrenching one it cannot help but move us.

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James Sanford of Kalamazoo Gazette (7/1) No reference
            There's not a single false note or insincere moment in either Cheadle's or Okonedo's splendid, Os...

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Robert W. Butler of Kansas City Star (3/5) No reference
            Strong stuff.

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Glenn Whipp of Los Angeles Daily News (3/5) No reference
            Raises an impassioned cry of rage at the savagery people can inflict on fellow human beings.

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Jeff Strickler of Minneapolis Star Tribune (3/5) No reference
            It's simultaneously haunting and inspiring.

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James Rocchi of Netflix (3/5) No reference
            Real-life drama about the horror of the Rwandan genocide and the heartfelt compassion of one man ...

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Lou Lumenick of New York Post (4/4) No reference
            One of the year's best.

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Stephen Whitty of Newark Star-Ledger (3/5) No reference
            It does portray, brilliantly, the transformation of one man, as he moved from servant to saint. A...

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Marc Mohan of Oregonian (3/5) No reference
            By avoiding visual stylization, refusing even a smidgen of overt sentimentality and remaining stu...

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Roger Moore of Orlando Sentinel (3/5) No reference
            Move past the big picture, of race hatred, arbitrary maps and guilt over what the UN and the West...

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Wesley Lovell of Oscar Guy (3/5) No reference
            Director Terry George takes his screenplay, which he co-wrote with Keir Pearson, and turns it int...

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Forrest Hartman of Reno Gazette-Journal (7/1) No reference
            The finest film of 2004.

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Jack Garner of Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (7/1) No reference
            A stunning portrait of a nimble and brave man, performing an exhausting and potentially deadly ta...

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Dixie Reid of Sacramento Bee (7/1) No reference
            This is the first time Cheadle has been asked to carry a film, and he plays Rusesabagina as a man...

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Arthur Salm of San Diego Union-Tribune (3/5) No reference
            The tears it inspires -- the tears it demands -- are earnest and earned and true.

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Tim Appelo of Seattle Weekly (7/1) No reference
            Don Cheadle's eyes have an openness and depth like Martin Sheen's in Apocalypse Now: they're the ...

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Angela Baldassarre of Sympatico.ca (3/5) No reference
            Hypnotic, harrowing and heart wrenching, film is a powerful and explosive film. The best movie of...

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John A. Nesbit of ToxicUniverse.com (7/1) No reference
            destined to make its relatively small target audience more aware of the current conflicts strangl...

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Mark Collette of Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas) (3/5) No reference
            It's all the more successful ... when we realize the sad truth that even a film this powerful isn...

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Jeffrey Chen of Window to the Movies (3/5) No reference
            Mostly hoping to get by on its subject matter, which works out well for it because that subject m...

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Daniel M. Kimmel of Worcester Telegram & Gazette (3/5) No reference
            Portrayed by Don Cheadle in one of the great performances of... his career... [Paul] Rusebagina i...

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Lawrence Toppman of Charlotte Observer (7/1) Not Reachable
            An articulate plea to Westerners not to repeat these terrible sins of omission. Is anybody in pow...

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Mary F. Pols of Contra Costa Times (7/1) Not Reachable
            Sometimes a story is so essentially powerful and interesting that flaws in the actual telling don...

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Connie Ogle of Miami Herald (7/1) Not Reachable
            All we can do is hope that films such as Hotel Rwanda remind us all -- moviegoer and politician -...

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James Berardinelli of ReelViews (3/5) Not Reachable
            ...a powerful film...

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) of St. Paul Pioneer Press (3/5) Not Reachable
            Sobering film.

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Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone of TheMovieChicks.com (7/1) Not Reachable
            Powerful, moving, shocking, and unforgettable.

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