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Blood Diamond Reviews

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Nothing more than chicken soup for international humanitarian crises, an opportunity for Hollywood types to decry the bloody stone trade while reaching for a little Oscar gold.

Full Review Source: CHUD | Original Score: 5/10

December 8, 2006
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

The very audience most likely to respond to blood and gunfire is least likely to respond to stridently delivered messages.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 20, 2006
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

As the adage goes, though, the road to hell is paved withgood intentions and BLOOD DIAMOND is nothing if not well intentioned. Unfortunately, it squanders a lot of good will and its message about Sierra Leone, the atrocities committed ... , and the result

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

January 11, 2007
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

As responsible as 'Blood Diamond' tries to be, this well-made picture is ultimately an example of misery chic.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

December 14, 2006
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

A standard adventure film that tries, somewhat successfully, to be a pointed political expose of the dirty side of the diamond business.

Full Review Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: C+

December 14, 2006
Fernando F. Croce

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

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 28, 2009
Edward Douglas

The important African message is diluted into a rather ugly and potentially racist film.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6/10

December 6, 2006
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 2, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Kanye West's four-minute song 'Diamonds From Sierra Leone' conveys an anti-diamond message more clearly and effectively than 143 awful minutes of The Blood Diamond.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

December 7, 2006
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 6, 2010
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Zwick may as well have titled his newest action-adventure The Constant Gardener II: Diamonds Are Forever, as it peddles the same distasteful, condescending attitudes toward Africa as did Fernando Meirelles' 2005 fiasco.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C-

December 3, 2006
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

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.

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons

January 15, 2008
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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The makers this exceptionally foolish thriller starring a most excellent Leonardo DiCaprio, want you to know there may be blood on your hands, specifically your wedding finger.

| Original Score: 2/5

December 7, 2006
Brian Orndorf

The characters stop just short of speaking directly to the camera and scolding the audience.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C+

December 7, 2006
Kit Bowen

Blood Diamond maintains a certain level of intensity that will certainly stir the soul and perhaps inspire activism. But unfortunately, it also tries a little too hard to convey its message about global conflict.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 8, 2006
Beth Accomando

Blood Diamond presents itself as an action thriller but the genre trappings can't hide the fact that Zwick wants to teach audiences another history lesson and lecture them on political correctness.

December 10, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Action and message cancel each other out. To put it another way, this movie wants you to be appalled by the real slaughter of Africans by Africans - which it blames on you - but be entertained by the slaughter of Africans by DiCaprio.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

December 8, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

This is the type of movie that used to star Pierce Brosnan (pre-James Bond) and be sent straight to video... Zwick has added nothing new except to make it longer.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

December 7, 2006
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 14, 2007
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

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

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: D

July 3, 2007
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