An fine film, touching if not exceptional.
| Original Score: B+
... best read as a eulogy for a genuine hero, a natty, erudite little guy with a funny accent and a perceptible joy of life.
| Original Score: B-
A compassionate and powerful tribute to a crusader doing battle with 'no weapon other than his microphone and a thirst for truth.'
| Original Score: 3/4
Free speech isn't merely a shibboleth in The Agronomist. As embodied by Dominique, it's a fire-breathing force.
His story makes us feel for the Haitian people and appreciate the glorious right of a free press.
| Original Score: 3/4
Demme does not seek justice. He has done something greater in making Dominique immortal.
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.
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.
Once again, Hollywood's big-budget blockbusters are overshadowed by a small but infinitely more moving piece of expert non-fiction filmmaking.
An interesting story about a fascinating man and his struggling nation.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A lively, illuminating homage to an extraordinary man of courage, whose cry for his beloved country got him killed.
| Original Score: B
While a fitting tribute to Dominique the man and fervent patriot, Demme's personalized film is less enlightening on Haiti as a whole.
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.
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.
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.
Intelligent, stodgy and predictable.
| Original Score: 2/4
A political documentary that sings with the urgency, potency and, yes, stridency of a great protest song.
It tells instead of shows for the most part, and the telling isn't as effective as it should be.
| Original Score: C-
John Demme is the right filmmaker for assembling the truth about the subject-matter of Haitian freedom.
| Original Score: A
Real and unpolished, Jonathan Demme's decade-in-the-making documentary on Haitian broadcaster Jean Dominique is engrossing and powerful.