Intelligent, stodgy and predictable.
| Original Score: 2/4
It tells instead of shows for the most part, and the telling isn't as effective as it should be.
| Original Score: C-
While a fitting tribute to Dominique the man and fervent patriot, Demme's personalized film is less enlightening on Haiti as a whole.
Listening to Dominique and his worshipful wife bloviate for about an hour and a half is not my idea of scintillating cinema.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The film's origins as a side project are obvious in its amateur production values, with framing that's constantly having to adjust and a picture that's not always in focus.
... 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-
We watch Dominique use humor and cynicism as well as anger, and we understand he is not a zealot but simply a reasonable man saying reasonable things in an unreasonable country.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
His story makes us feel for the Haitian people and appreciate the glorious right of a free press.
| Original Score: 3/4
A portrait of an optimist in a time of despair.
| Original Score: 3/5
The Agronomist has unexpectedly turned out to be a much more compelling and urgent film than anything else Demme has done.
A political documentary that sings with the urgency, potency and, yes, stridency of a great protest song.
An uncompromising glimpse into a life and a land waging a two-hundred year battle for peace.
| Original Score: 3/4
... a rousing celebration of a genuine people's hero and a timely reminder that a free press is the greatest weapon in the arsenal of democracy and freedom.
| Original Score: B+
John Demme is the right filmmaker for assembling the truth about the subject-matter of Haitian freedom.
| Original Score: A
This affecting eulogy underscores not only Demme's own tribute to Dominique but also the film's homage to radio.
Works best as an homage.
A moving portrait of the late Haitian radio personality who campaigned for democracy, Jean Dominique.
A magnificent documentary about the life of Jean Dominique, a Haitian radio broadcaster who was a brave and tireless voice for democracy and human rights in that unlucky country.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Uses archival footage and music to tell a moving story that's all too common in the Third World.