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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
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.
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.
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
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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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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
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 7, 2009
A powerful fact-based parable illustrating exactly how irrational and cruel racial bigotry is.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 6, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
November 6, 2009
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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 6, 2009
Sophie Okonedo, so good in Hotel Rwanda, is fine here as well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dennis Harvey
February 23, 2012
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Alonso Duralde
October 14, 2011
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
October 30, 2009
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