• Skin
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    Added: Apr 28, 2010


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Skin Reviews

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A powerful fact-based parable illustrating exactly how irrational and cruel racial bigotry is.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B

November 7, 2009
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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What takes that story of heartbreak and makes it ultimately heartwarming is that Sandra's story, much like the history of apartheid itself, doesn't end there.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 6, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Sophie Okonedo, so good in Hotel Rwanda, is fine here as well.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

November 6, 2009
Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
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By the end, the incredulity stems not from the fact that this happened but that the wider world didn't know about it before now.

| Original Score: 4/5

November 6, 2009
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Director Anthony Fabian lets the story sell itself, and it does so partly on the strength of the lead performance by Sophie Okonedo.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 5, 2009
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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Skin is a moving and smartly made account of a truly peculiar episode from the period of apartheid that existed as national policy in South Africa until just 15 years ago.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 5, 2009
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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As told by director Anthony Fabian, Skin is both exasperatingly choppy and exceptionally moving.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 5, 2009
Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly
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Skin is a tragic, enraging, and uplifting tale.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

November 4, 2009
Clay Cane

A powerful story. However, there were no DNA tests in 1955. I have never heard of a 'genetic abnormality' creating a child who looks distinctly black -- Maury Povich would probably say, 'You are not the father!'

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

November 2, 2009
Kam Williams

A frightening primer on how untreated racism can lead someone to abandon, even hate their own offspring.

| Original Score: 4/4

October 31, 2009
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A powerful and poignant drama set in South Africa about the toxins of racial hatred and the terrible after-effects of the dangerous and destructive passion of zeal.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

October 30, 2009
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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This unadorned but affecting drama about Sandra Laing, who attracted media attention in the 1950s when her white parents fought the South African system, suffers from a one-note script, but still does right by its tricky subject.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2009
Nora Lee Mandel

On-location authenticity lifts poignant debut feature out of pathos and melodrama for a sobering lesson about racism and the dystopian reality of apartheid.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7/10

October 30, 2009
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The direction is never more than conventional, with a tear-inducing finale better suited to a TV soap opera.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 30, 2009
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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In a day when it's difficult to say something new about the racial divide, Sandy's story has a poignant power as it underscores just how deeply the fissures run even when it's all in the family.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2009
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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We don't need overwrought performances to understand the calamity of her life or to weep when her parents turn their backs on her. If anything, the story demands restraint because, invariably at the movies, it's the gentle touch that hits harder.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2009
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

The film's excellent screenplay and extraordinary acting trio of Okonedo, Neill and Krige bring a little-known historical episode to vivid life.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: A-

October 29, 2009
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Based on a true story, his powerful drama tells an important story from Apartheid-era South Africa with honesty and real sensitivity. And the cast makes it thoroughly gripping by never playing it safe.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 29, 2009
Matthew Turner

Powerful apartheid drama with a strong script, intriguingly complex characters and terrific performances from Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill and Alice Krige.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

October 29, 2009
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Sophie Okonedo again shines in this unusual but fact-based apartheid drama.

October 29, 2009
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