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Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)

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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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Director Roger Spottiswoode brings a very special film realization of the acclaimed best-seller by General Roméo Dallaire to the screen in "Shake Hands with the Devil," the story of a Canadian commander torn between his duty and his conscience when he finds himself eyewitness to hell on Earth. In 1993, the United Nations dispatches Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire (Roy Dupuis) to far off Rwanda to oversee a fragile cease-fire. A brilliant, workaholic officer and charismatic commander, Dallaire

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Jan 11, 2011

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The best that can be said of the film is that it is an honorable dud.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Dallaire's stalwart stoicism offsets the horrors on display, which are filmed with expectedly solemn slickness.

November 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Though the film, based on Dallaire's memoir, can veer toward deification of the general, it's hugely effective in illustrating the grotesque power plays that led to the deaths of more than 800,000 Tutsis.

November 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Gets [close] to the heart of the matter.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment (1)
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[Director] Spottiswoode's lackluster film fails to offer any fresh perspective on these now well-known events.

September 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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Despite being filmed in many of those actual Rwandan locations, Shake Hands with the Devil is frustratingly distancing.

September 19, 2007 | Comment (1)
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What ultimately characterizes Shake Hands with the Devil is its cumbersome sense of contrition, but the film seems only foggily aware of what its apologizing for.

October 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Then as now, the world recoils as the various documentations of those horrors become available for all who wish to see.

July 23, 2009 Full Review Source: JWR | Comment (1)

The filmmaking is a bit scrappy. Still, it's worth seeing.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Comment (1)
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Beautifully filmed, brutally frank, and forceful in its political message - in support of active peacekeeping - this is a powerful film that's not to be missed.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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...suffers from a vibe of familiarity that ultimately prevents it from making any kind of a real impact.

September 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for Shake Hands with the Devil

Another viewpoint of the horrific events of the Rwandan genocide. Slow moving, but really well done. Roy Dupuis is excellent as the Canadian General leading the mission, and not getting the resources that he needs to do the job. For anyone who has seen Hotel Rwanda, or read about the genocide and wants to know more, this fills in some of the gaps from the international side. I recommend watching this in connection with Sometimes in April, which tells the story from the government side with a Hutu army officer being the protagonist. All good films....all very disturbing, but real.
November 11, 2013
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The name itself is so attractive!!! I've a weak spot for "The Devil's Backbone", "The Devil Wears Prada", "The Devil's Advocate", etc. movies that have the word 'devil' in their title. Even though I may end up being disappointed by the movie, they're a 'must watch if available' for me and I just can't ignore them for long. Isn't it ironical that one of the world's most peaceful and innocent person likes movies that include such a word in it???!!!

A good but not-so-great movie about the unfortunate Rwandan Genocide. The movie shows how a General is nothing but a puppet whose strings are moved as per his Major's wishes. It displays the helplessness of a man to help others only because he hasn't received the necessary 'orders'. Though their army is equipped, its hands are tied by the "Shoot only when you're shot at" type of orders that leave them almost defenseless. Hats off (okay, just noticed that I'm not wearing even a single hat right now, so postponing the 'hats off' act until unmentioned time) to those who can keep their cool even under such stressful conditions. I wish I could borrow a bit of it.
February 17, 2011
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