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Blood Diamond Reviews

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 29, 2007
Both excitingly well made and dispiritingly formulaic.
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
February 3, 2007
Blood Diamond has all the cinematic punch of a lengthy Nation article.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 25, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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TIME Magazine
December 11, 2006
DiCaprio proves himself the most watchful and watchable actor of his age.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 8, 2006
It succeeds well at what it sets out to do: wrapping a worthy message in a compelling story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 8, 2006
[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.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 8, 2006
Blood Diamond strives to be an "important" film while stopping well short of being genuinely provocative and artistically chancy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 8, 2006
Thanks to Mr. DiCaprio's raffishly dashing soldier of fortune, the movie is worth watching.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 8, 2006
Blood Diamond is redeemed by its solid performances. Chiefly from DiCaprio, who is having a great year, and Hounsou, who is dignity incarnate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 8, 2006
Some might argue that the Connelly role serves as the film's conscience. That may have been the intent, but as with a lot of things intended with Blood Diamond, the audience isn't made to feel it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 8, 2006
DiCaprio is terrific, but he can't save this lecture from the shame of using Africa as a vehicle for another white man's redemption.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 8, 2006
Africa has long been exploited by the West: for ivory, for gold, for diamonds, for oil. And, more recently, for, and by, Hollywood.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 8, 2006
Director Edward Zwick is the Ron Howard of action films. Glory, Courage Under Fire, Legends of the Fall, all gorgeous looking, nicely written, well-acted and thought-provoking movies with violent settings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Hartl
Newsweek
December 8, 2006
It all pays off in the second half, as the characters are fleshed out in ways that didn't at first seem possible. The actors go beyond playing types and enter the world of three-dimensional people.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 8, 2006
Of course, there are the serious titles at the end, urging us to be educated consumers about the diamonds we buy -- because all true social change begins at Tiffany's.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 8, 2006
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
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 8, 2006
Blood Diamond is, in the vernacular of Old Hollywood, a rip-roaring adventure, the kind made in the '30s with Clark Gable and the handiest leading lady on contract at MGM.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Miami Herald
December 8, 2006
It succeeds well at what it sets out to do: wrapping a worthy message in a compelling story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
December 8, 2006
Blood Diamond was directed by Edward Zwick, a staunchly mainstream filmmaker who seems most at ease with the language of epic storytelling. If you're in the market for sweep or machismo, he's your man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 8, 2006
What you will remember from the film though, is the performance by Leonardo DiCaprio, in his most impressive work since he was a teenaged wunderkind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 8, 2006
Blood Diamond loses its way at times, but the power and tragedy of civil war, of greed and tainted motives, is undeniable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 8, 2006
Blood Diamond has been directed with energy and style by Edward Zwick, who has a long and mostly impressive history of finding large audiences for films that address cultural and social inequity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 8, 2006
At its best, Blood Diamond makes the sorrow of Sierra Leone's exploitation (by just about everyone) palpable.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 8, 2006
In balancing its major motion picture ambitions with thoughtful intentions, this compelling, neo-message movie offers a fresh T-shirt motto for the ongoing campaigns against diamonds that help finance corruption and slaughter: Do the Right Bling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
December 8, 2006
What keeps you watching is the level of acting, especially between the two male leads.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 8, 2006
Action-adventure pictures have a lamentable tendency toward mindlessness, but Edward Zwick's epic story has numerous virtues apart from suspense and spectacle.
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
December 8, 2006
Blood Diamond is a work of amazingly orchestrated chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 8, 2006
Blood Diamond wears both its social conscience and its Hollywood calculation on its sleeve. The movie wants to rouse you to action while narcotizing you with Connelly's bottomless green eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 7, 2006
On the one hand, no one with a conscience should buy a diamond unless he or she knows where it came from. On the other hand, should Zwick really be using a glorified action movie to scold us?
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 7, 2006
Blood Diamond is a gem in a season with lots of worthy movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 7, 2006
Blood Diamond is very much aware that these are problems beyond easy and convenient resolution, and it is hard not to appreciate any film that understands that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 7, 2006
For its flaws, Blood Diamond is a gem, if only for being an unusually smart, engaged popcorn flick.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 7, 2006
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
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 7, 2006
Blood Diamond deserves kudos for shedding light on the dark underbelly of the diamond trade, but it's too accomplished an action film to have the impact of, say, Hotel Rwanda or even this year's Catch a Fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 7, 2006
Much more so than those earlier films, Blood Diamond freely combines political grandstanding with action-adventure heroics.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 7, 2006
As liberal hand-wringing goes, it's a winner.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 7, 2006
Perhaps the goofiest message movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 7, 2006
Blood Diamond is a visually sumptuous, bullet-train-paced thriller with a really provocative theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 7, 2006
It's hard to credit the anti-exploitation message of a movie that treats its African men, women and children as wholesale cannon fodder, doomed-but-noble ciphers or sneering, bloodthirsty sociopaths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 7, 2006
Edward Zwick has made a fast-moving, well-crafted film that, like most melodramas, is far too predictable, but, unlike most melodramas, somehow doesn't completely embarrass itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 7, 2006
It has an intensity that's just spellbinding, with surprises around every corner -- many of them horrifying.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 6, 2006
There is every reason to learn about the link between jewels and death, by all means, but no reason to try to disguise a term paper as entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 6, 2006
If only Edward Zwick's mastery of the medium had extended to pruning the screenplay and editing the final result, Blood Diamond might have been a tremendous film rather than one worthy of only a lukewarm recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 6, 2006
It is clearly one of the biggest surprises of this overcrowded holiday season, and certainly one of the most emotionally rousing entertainments of the year.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 6, 2006
Blood Diamond is never dull.
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
December 5, 2006
The only indignation stirred up by Blood Diamond won't be among those who worry about where their jewelry came from, but with audiences incensed by facile politics and bad storytelling.
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David Denby
New Yorker
December 4, 2006
Essentially a romantic adventure story with politics in the background -- an old-fashioned movie, I suppose, but exciting and stunningly well made.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 4, 2006
That could make for an overly earnest 'message picture' or Hollywood exploitation flick, but in director Edward Zwick's hands, it's one of the best films of the year.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
December 1, 2006
Despite shining contributions, this composite of action-adventure and social message doesn't quite crystallize.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
December 1, 2006
Africa's enduring sorrow is ripe for drama, but Blood Diamond is, finally, a fitting metaphor for the gems: Potentially brilliant from a distance, but upon closer inspection, one likely will see the flaws.