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Skin Reviews

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Dennis Harvey
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 14, 2011
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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
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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.
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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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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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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
November 5, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
November 5, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 5, 2009
As told by director Anthony Fabian, Skin is both exasperatingly choppy and exceptionally moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly
November 4, 2009
Skin is a tragic, enraging, and uplifting tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 30, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 30, 2009
The direction is never more than conventional, with a tear-inducing finale better suited to a TV soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 30, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 30, 2009
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
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 29, 2009
Sophie Okonedo again shines in this unusual but fact-based apartheid drama.
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Kevin B. Lee
Time Out
October 28, 2009
Unable to probe the complex relationships engendered by a biracial society, Skin simply becomes an example of colorless, by-the-numbers apartheid cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
October 27, 2009
Workmanlike, but enormously moving.
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
July 24, 2009
Director Anthony Fabian and his team of writers have lost sight of the conflicts inherent in her story, relying on TV-movie cliché and tired, unsuccessful attempts at emotional manipulation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5