Shake Hands with the Devil (2010)



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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 … More

Rating: R (for some disturbing violent images and brief strong language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Donovan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 11, 2011
Box Office: $594
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as Frank Claeys

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Critic Reviews for Shake Hands with the Devil

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

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

Full Review… | November 12, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Dallaire's stalwart stoicism offsets the horrors on display, which are filmed with expectedly solemn slickness.

Full Review… | November 10, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 9, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

Gets [close] to the heart of the matter.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

[Director] Spottiswoode's lackluster film fails to offer any fresh perspective on these now well-known events.

Full Review… | September 25, 2007
Top Critic

Despite being filmed in many of those actual Rwandan locations, Shake Hands with the Devil is frustratingly distancing.

September 19, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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