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On the Rumba River Reviews

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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 6, 2008
Mostly On The Rumba River works best when it sticks to the musical performances, which Sarin films in lengthy scenes built from extreme close-ups of lips, fingers and sweaty skin.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 6, 2008
Delightful music alternates with too-brief interviews with Wendo and his colleagues. On the Rumba River cries out for narration to help viewers understand the tragic context of his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
June 6, 2008
You don’t have to be a fan of African tunes to appreciate Jacques Sarasin’s heartfelt ode to Congolese music and its resilient practitioners.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Hank Shteamer
Time Out
June 5, 2008
Director Jacques Sarasin's refusal to supply more than scraps of context -- either about the performers or the politics of the civil-war-torn region -- renders the film narratively limp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
June 4, 2008
As a filmmaker, Sarasin has an extraordinarily light touch.