Beyond the Gates takes an unflinching look at the start of the Rwandan genocide.
| Original Score: 3/4
This is a spiritual drama, not a political one, drawing a thick line between our good intentions and the selfish choices we ultimately make.
It simply presents, and assumes that we have the inherent morality to understand that what we are watching is evil.
| Original Score: 8/10
Though less reassuring and not as dramatically coherent as Hotel Rwanda, it still packs a hard punch.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The film grinds inexorably toward its unsurprising and terrible conclusion with infinite grace but no real suspense.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
An intense and gripping drama that makes you realize that this page in Rwandan history deserves to be told more than once, lest history forget.
| Original Score: B+
Movies about Africa often fall into this trap. Righteous indignation is the exclusive province of non-Africans.
| Original Score: 2/4
Make sure you sit through the credits to learn about the victims who survived and worked on this film ---- extraordinary!
The film chronicles man's inhumanity to man during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, (where) selflessness and selfishness stand side by side ----
There's little respite from the terrible history that this film retells just a determination (made stronger by the faces we see after the credits) to tell it, to be sure that history doesn't forget.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A compelling drama about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and the moral heroism of a compassionate priest.
| Original Score: 4/5
A gripping, terrifying, profoundly touching human drama that's definitely worth seeing.
A gripping fictionalized account of a 1994 incident in Rwanda that became a shocking emblem of the Rwandan Hutus' mass slaughter of the Tutsis.
By keeping most of the action contained to the school grounds and immediate environs, director Michael Caton-Jones creates a claustrophobic atmosphere where fear can fester.
Instead of the latest major studio flummery, do yourself a favor and see this brilliant, low-budget independent masterpiece, one that educates as well as entertains.
| Original Score: 10/10
Director Michael Caton-Jones doesn't go for obvious pathos or simple outrage. He approaches the picture's theme with a documentary realism that, scene by scene, heightens the drama.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The movie does suggest that Joe's ignorance and sense of privilege, however honorable his intentions, make a dangerous combination.
By dodging cultural and political specifics in favor of a thriller-lite framework Beyond the Gates ends up serving largely as a tribute to the virtues of hindsight.
| Original Score: 3/6
One of the most remarkable things about Beyond the Gates is its refreshingly positive view of the role that faith can play even in the darkest of times.
Tense and gut-wrenching, Beyond the Gates is a horrifying story told with grace and compassion.
| Original Score: 5/5