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The Agronomist

The Agronomist (2004)



Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 71
Fresh: 67 | Rotten: 4

A well-made, emotionally engaging documentary about Haitian social activist Jean Dominique.


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 1

A well-made, emotionally engaging documentary about Haitian social activist Jean Dominique.



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A profile of Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist, Jean Dominique, which weaves: historical footage of Haiti's vivid and tumultuous past; interviews with Dominique, himself and with Michele Montas--his heroic wife, life-long love, and extraordinary partner; and incorporates footage shot before Dominique's assassination on April 3, 2000.


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Jun 7, 2005

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Free speech isn't merely a shibboleth in The Agronomist. As embodied by Dominique, it's a fire-breathing force.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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A lively, illuminating homage to an extraordinary man of courage, whose cry for his beloved country got him killed.

June 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Demme's emotionally engaging salute to his fallen friend is a personal labor of love with relevance for anyone concerned with the history of our hemisphere. Or its future.

June 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It tells instead of shows for the most part, and the telling isn't as effective as it should be.

May 28, 2004
Detroit News
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A portrait of an optimist in a time of despair.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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With Haiti again in the news, The Agronomist is an apt history lesson about its political turmoil and a powerful testimonial about patriotism in the face of oppression.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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An fine film, touching if not exceptional.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

... best read as a eulogy for a genuine hero, a natty, erudite little guy with a funny accent and a perceptible joy of life.

January 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A compassionate and powerful tribute to a crusader doing battle with 'no weapon other than his microphone and a thirst for truth.'

September 23, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

His story makes us feel for the Haitian people and appreciate the glorious right of a free press.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Demme does not seek justice. He has done something greater in making Dominique immortal.

June 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

The mark of an effective documentary feature is its ability to work on more than one level. And by those standards at least, The Agronomist is very effective.

June 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Demme... captures Dominique's energy and hunger for human rights, sometimes by doing nothing more than locking down the camera and letting the guy talk.

June 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Once again, Hollywood's big-budget blockbusters are overshadowed by a small but infinitely more moving piece of expert non-fiction filmmaking.

June 14, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

An interesting story about a fascinating man and his struggling nation.

June 11, 2004 Full Review Source:

While a fitting tribute to Dominique the man and fervent patriot, Demme's personalized film is less enlightening on Haiti as a whole.

June 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Demme's fine, riveting, and finally joyous film is a fitting capstone to the life of a man who made a difference in a time and place where it was (and is) so much easier not to.

June 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Traces the life of this brave, exuberant spokesman for freedom of the press and human rights in a country that has known little of either.

June 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Intelligent, stodgy and predictable.

June 3, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A political documentary that sings with the urgency, potency and, yes, stridency of a great protest song.

May 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

John Demme is the right filmmaker for assembling the truth about the subject-matter of Haitian freedom.

May 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Real and unpolished, Jonathan Demme's decade-in-the-making documentary on Haitian broadcaster Jean Dominique is engrossing and powerful.

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Audience Reviews for The Agronomist

I didn't know Jean Dominique prior to seeing this film and I was glad for the opportunity to have gotten to know him. Once in a blue moon, you find men of courage. Unfortunately they are few and far between.
June 28, 2007
John Ballantine

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A fascinating documentary about Jean Leopold Dominique, a radio personality who gave a voice to the people of Haiti during the reign of the Duvalier regimes. The film tells Dominique?s story in his own words through interview footage taken over the course of decades. A great character study and a great history lesson. Unfortunately the project occasionally looks a bit cheap, seemingly minor aspect like the font used look a little bit unprofessional, which is surprising when one considers that this was made by the Oscar winning director Jonathan Demme. Still, this is a great story that should be seen by many.
February 16, 2008

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