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Africa United Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 17, 2012
Road movie, adventure, comedy drama, a will-they-make-it ... no matter what label you give it, Africa United is a unique piece of filmmaking, full of the joys and wounds of Africa
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 17, 2012
Like its infectious music and indelible African landscape, the sheer enthusiasm of this upbeat film championing friendship and dreams instantly rubs off
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 10, 2011
It goes without saying that the precocious charm of an impoverished Rwandan kid improvising a football out of a condom, some string and a plastic bag is undeniable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
Film4
October 27, 2010
Has enough charm, colour and humour to win us over by extra time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
October 25, 2010
A cheery, rough-around-the-edges family film about three Rwandan children who travel overland from Rwanda to the 2010 World Cup in Johannesburg.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
October 21, 2010
Director Debs Gardner-Paterson gets disarming performances from her young leads and the soundtrack is terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Xan Brooks
Guardian
October 21, 2010
A bouncy crossbreed of Slumdog Millionaire, Enid Blyton and a Unicef commercial; a film that so dearly wants to be adored and adopted that it seems positively churlish to shoo it away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
October 21, 2010
It may be formulaic and linear, it may flinch by too readily blending into fable, but it doesn't hide from the realities. It just refuses to bow to them.
| Original Score: 3/5
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
October 21, 2010
Africa United is never less than jaunty, the locations are suitably vivid, and the intention to make a film about the "real" Africa that's not all doom and gloom can't be faulted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 21, 2010
Engaging, smartly paced comedy adventure with strong performances and a decent script, but its tightrope-walking approach to a succession of issues doesn't quite work and the film ultimately topples into the sentimentality it's been trying to avoid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
October 20, 2010
The intention is Spain, the kids are Uruguay, but the direction and script are England.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 20, 2010
The makers do their best to paper over an undemanding script with bouncy music, quick cuts and musical montages, and you have to admire the young actors' spirited acting and the film's willingness to place HIV in the foreground.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
October 20, 2010
It has the feel of something freshly improvised, filmed delightedly on the hoof.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
October 20, 2010
Even if the narrative winds up at a predictable destination it's been a journey well worth making.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
October 17, 2010
As part of a school project, I can see it being valuable. As a fun family trip to the cinema, not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
March 5, 2012
An earnest, treacly tale of youthful trio's long trek through Africa.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
October 28, 2010
It appears to have been put together by social workers eager to bombard children with Aids awareness and the importance of condoms.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 17, 2011

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July 14, 2011
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