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Blood Diamond (2006)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 211
Fresh: 131 | Rotten: 80

Blood Diamond overcomes poor storytelling with its biting commentary and fine performances.


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 50
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 17

Blood Diamond overcomes poor storytelling with its biting commentary and fine performances.



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Set against the backdrop of civil war and chaos in 1990's Sierra Leone, "Blood Diamond" is the story of Danny Archer--a South African mercenary--and Solomon Vandy--a Mende fisherman. Both men are African, but their histories as different as any can be, until their fates become joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond that can transform their lives. While in prison for smuggling, Archer learns that Solomon--who was taken from his family and forced to work in the diamond fields--has


Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Mar 20, 2007


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All Critics (211) | Top Critics (50) | Fresh (131) | Rotten (80) | DVD (30)

Both excitingly well made and dispiritingly formulaic.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Blood Diamond has all the cinematic punch of a lengthy Nation article.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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It doesn't entirely evade the issue at its core - conflict diamonds - in favour of pure action by way of guns and planes, thrills and spills; but it hardly embraces the subject fully either.

January 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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DiCaprio proves himself the most watchful and watchable actor of his age.

December 11, 2006 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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It succeeds well at what it sets out to do: wrapping a worthy message in a compelling story.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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[Director Zwick] is craftsman enough that the pace never slackens, the chase scenes thrill, and the battle scenes sicken. And if it makes viewers think twice about buying their sweethearts that hard-won hunk of ice for Christmas, so much the better.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Slate
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It's clear that Blood Diamond takes quite a while to wholeheartedly get going...

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Despite fine performances, Blood Diamond is an unfortunate disappointment due to heavy handed direction which dilutes its message.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Diamonds may be forever, but Blood Diamond hopefully will only last through the Oscar season

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

After centuries of raping Africa for its resources, now we exploit its misery for our amusement.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Comments (9)
Boston Phoenix

Blood Diamond is a movie zircon. It doesn't cut glass, but it cuts plot, character, and credibility. It could be Hotel Rwanda, but instead it's Motel Deep-Six.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Comment (1)
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Yes, Blood Diamond is preachy, but it's a sermon we need to hear.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

The more I see of their work, the more I realise that directors Ed Zwick and Sam Mendes have one thing very sharply in common -- both are filmmakers who make movies that they think are far more important than they actually are.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Never quite overcomes its mindless blockbuster mentality.

October 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is one powerful film. The shooting style is intense, mixing action with heart-wrenching drama with Leonardo DiCaprio's faux South African accent.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Calgary Movies
Calgary Movies

Beneath the shocking brutality in Blood Diamond is the story of father searching for his son which, thanks to Mr. Hounsou's work, is nearly worth the price of admission.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Truly offensive is the film's go-nowhere result, its purported liberal ideologies untapped beyond their potential for speedy, soulless entertainment.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Rambo for liberals

May 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comments (5)
Apollo Guide

Exciting and compelling, but even more than that, it's a great acting showcase for Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou.

May 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

It's a film about exploitation that sometimes feels like it IS exploitation and is only going to leave you frustrated.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

Zwick's vision outpaces his narrative.

March 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

DiCaprio is excellent but this is definitely a Very Important Movie.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source:

Zwick does a fine job in combining a broad range of elements and turning them into a compulsive and thought-provoking adventure and is aided by beautiful cinematography.

January 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Sunday Mirror [UK]
Sunday Mirror [UK]

The issues may be simply put, but the brilliant action sequences engage us viscerally.

January 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Blood Diamond

It's a bit formulaic but the performances of the lead actors (Hounsou and DiCaprio) are great enough to make this film worthy.
January 13, 2014

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October 20, 2013
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Leo plays Danny, a diamond smuggler who meets Solomon who has hidden the rarest diamond. Great accent and best performance to date from Leo. My fave scenes are dancing at the night bar and the last phone call. Great cast.
July 11, 2013
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    1. Captain Poison: You think I am a devil, but only because I have lived in hell.
    – Submitted by Ankur B (2 months ago)
    1. Maddy Bowen: [overlooking the refugee camp] This is what a million people looks like. At the moment, the second largest camp in Africa. Might catch a minute of this on CNN, somewhere between Sports and Weather.
    – Submitted by Joakim A (4 months ago)
    1. Maddy Bowen: Why? This whole country's at war. Why should I help just one person? [Followed by silence as she thinks about it]
    – Submitted by Joakim A (4 months ago)
    1. Danny Archer: You take your boy home, yeah?
    – Submitted by Ankur B (8 months ago)
    1. Danny Archer: Sometimes I wonder, will God ever forgive us for what we've done to each other? Then I look around and I realize... God left this place a long time ago.
    – Submitted by Warren S (10 months ago)
    1. Danny Archer: [to Maddy] Well, off the record, I like to get kissed before I get fucked.
    – Submitted by Sam T (23 months ago)
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