Skin Reviews

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
February 17, 2011
Intense family drama about race, identity during apartheid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
August 9, 2010
The most remarkable elements of the true story of Sandra Laing survive intact, despite a rather unremarkable bigscreen retelling of her life.
Giles Hardie
smh.com.au
August 8, 2010
While it's important we never forget the horrendous evils of humanities past, Skin is sadly one social studies class too many.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andreas Heinemann
Flicks.co.nz
August 4, 2010
Something akin to a Sunday afternoon TV movie of the week.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
July 22, 2010
The storytelling maybe undistinguished but the performances power it.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
July 21, 2010
Performances are impeccable, and location shooting in South Africa adds to the power of an impressive true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
July 19, 2010
While conventionally told, this thought-provoking film features deeply moving performances and compels audiences to consider the issues it raises.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 16, 2010
An extraordinary story, one that only real life could invent... You won't forget this film in a hurry
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
July 16, 2010
A haunting film that tells its unforgettable tale about a coloured girl, born to white parents in South Africa, with simplicity and heartfelt sentiment
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
March 25, 2010
Based on a true story, Skin follows the life of a black-skinned girl born to white Afrikaners in a society where segregation is stronger than family.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 14, 2010
Laing's life, despite its inherent melodrama, does not automatically lend itself to the screen. And without the aid of a smart script or a prevailing sense of delicacy, a movie about her or apartheid risks being a blunt instrument.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Lance Gould
Boston Phoenix
January 13, 2010
From an increasingly vibrant cinema about South Africa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 3, 2010
Once the absurdity of the situation has been accepted, the film plays out like a made for television docu drama, with Sandra constantly challenged and overcoming...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
December 15, 2009
Provocative.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 11, 2009
Potent, still relevant and inspiring while maddening, Skin shows some of our best and much of our worst.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 10, 2009
Every emotion is underscored with sugary music, every narrative plot progression telegraphed with the mechanical structural stiffness of a made-for-TV movie.
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
November 13, 2009
Great performances and a smart decision to avoid melodrama make Skin worth seeing but it's the small things that hold it back from being truly great.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 13, 2009
Given the subject matter, I wish there were more outrage and passion in Skin, which plods from one huge event to another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 12, 2009
It feels hurried, looks cheap, and works overtime to simplify a complex, flawed character into a noble, tragic heroine. The film speaks fluent cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 12, 2009
This great film by Anthony Fabian tells this story through the eyes of a happy girl who grows into an outsider.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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