Darfur Now Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
Darfur Now will have to act as a moral entertainment, a conscientious objection we buy tickets to see.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 13, 2008
A powerful testimony to the changes that may come when people make an effort to let their voices be heard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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December 14, 2007
Thoughtful, sobering, hopeful, despairing, inspirational, depressing, and just in time for the holidays comes Darfur Now, a documentary about genocide in the Sudan.
Philip Huang
culturevulture.net
December 10, 2007
Darfur Now has drawn criticism for its artless construction, and while it's true, he knows to step aside and let the passion of his subjects shine through.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
December 7, 2007
Informative and effortlessly gripping.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 7, 2007
Slick, impassioned, and guardedly upbeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
December 7, 2007
The title says Darfur Now -- not Darfur Then, not Darfur Sometime. But the question it asks emphatically is, Darfur Now What?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 7, 2007
Braun is, in a sense, preaching to the choir...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 17, 2007
A disquieting, and somewhat disjointed, call to arms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 17, 2007
The depressing subtext is that even with detailed proof of ongoing genocide, it takes movie stars to get to the movers and shakers, and to get worthy movies like this one into theaters.
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
November 17, 2007
This is a feel-good film for activists, which barely scratches the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
November 16, 2007
Admirable work.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 16, 2007
A rallying call to aid Darfur and an uplifting case study in the power of individuals to effect change.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 15, 2007
Darfur Now does one thing other documentaries on the region in western Sudan haven't done so far: It offers hope that something substantive may be done about the Darfur genocide.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
November 14, 2007
If its explanation of Sudan's politics and history is rudimentary, Darfur Now maintains an effectively intense focus on the necessary work to save actual people in Darfur.
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
November 14, 2007
Though well-intentioned, Braun's documentary never captures the emotional heart of this enormous tragedy and fails to ignite the passion he so obviously wants us to feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 12, 2007
All the stories are fascinating.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 9, 2007
By showing the struggles and efforts of about half a dozen people, it puts a human face on the tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 9, 2007
In movie making, as in life, it's not enough to mean well. The real challenge is in being meaningful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 9, 2007
Both important and engrossing, devastating yet inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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