• R, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Michael Caton-Jones
    In Theaters:
    Dec 8, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 18, 2007
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Beyond the Gates Reviews

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Christian Toto
Washington Times

Beyond the Gates takes an unflinching look at the start of the Rwandan genocide.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 13, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This is a spiritual drama, not a political one, drawing a thick line between our good intentions and the selfish choices we ultimately make.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 4, 2008
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It simply presents, and assumes that we have the inherent morality to understand that what we are watching is evil.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

September 20, 2007
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Though less reassuring and not as dramatically coherent as Hotel Rwanda, it still packs a hard punch.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

August 11, 2007
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

The film grinds inexorably toward its unsurprising and terrible conclusion with infinite grace but no real suspense.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 1, 2007
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

June 1, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Movies about Africa often fall into this trap. Righteous indignation is the exclusive province of non-Africans.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

March 31, 2007
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Make sure you sit through the credits to learn about the victims who survived and worked on this film ---- extraordinary!

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March 30, 2007
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

The film chronicles man's inhumanity to man during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, (where) selflessness and selfishness stand side by side ----

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March 30, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 30, 2007
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A compelling drama about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and the moral heroism of a compassionate priest.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

March 30, 2007
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A gripping, terrifying, profoundly touching human drama that's definitely worth seeing.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B+

March 29, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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A gripping fictionalized account of a 1994 incident in Rwanda that became a shocking emblem of the Rwandan Hutus' mass slaughter of the Tutsis.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 29, 2007
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 23, 2007
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

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.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 10/10

March 21, 2007
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 18, 2007
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online

The movie does suggest that Joe's ignorance and sense of privilege, however honorable his intentions, make a dangerous combination.

Full Review Source: Nitrate Online

March 17, 2007
Mark Holcomb
Time Out New York
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

March 17, 2007
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today

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.

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2007
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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Tense and gut-wrenching, Beyond the Gates is a horrifying story told with grace and compassion.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

March 15, 2007
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