Cape of Good Hope Reviews

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Kam Williams
EURWeb
March 28, 2007
A socially-relevant and meaningful film from South Africa which supplies plenty of reasons to feel optimistic about humanity's prospects.
| Original Score: 4/4
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Mostly manages to feel authentic and uplifting, putting a human face on a complex colonial culture.
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
August 14, 2006
Cape of Good Hope is a film about people we want so very much to love, people who keep us watching - and keep us smiling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 24, 2006
... there's a temptation to call Cape a South African Crash, but it lacks both complexity and compromised characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 20, 2006
Brown's spunky, funny Kate helps hold the piece together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 13, 2006
There's so much Altmanesque activity in the film that even if some storylines temporarily don't work, others keep making up for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 5, 2006
No matter how heavy-handed the sentimentality gets, the film's intentions seem sincere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 5, 2006
Around the margins of the story are characters whose behavior is unique.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 5, 2006
A post-apartheid film in which the characters are less concerned with politics than with matters of the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
December 18, 2005
Despite its shortcomings, Cape of Good Hope is a hopeful piece of humanism that is difficult to begrudge too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 16, 2005
The stories are interlinked effectively, and the film strikes an upbeat note yet does not address racism and discrimination. For all its affection toward its characters, however, the film is too long and too slack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5

E! Online
December 16, 2005
With its warm heart and charming characters, Good Hope is a good choice.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
December 15, 2005
Grounded in the easy rhythms of daily life, this charming little film shows unexpected grit.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 13, 2005
The film's strengths are offset by flaws including an excessiveness cutesiness (there are far too many shots of adorable puppies), a tendency toward sentimental cliches and too many jarring shifts in tone.
December 3, 2005
A South African movie that departs from the political strife of Apartheid - there are still issues of race and class, but they're approached in a more roundabout, accessible way that isn't so in your face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 2, 2005
It's hopeful but not saccharine, ambitious but only occasionally broad. And the fact that it's set in a country still grappling with the legacy of apartheid makes its good will all the more relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
November 23, 2005
[A] warmhearted film ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 21, 2005
I like the spirit of it and some of the performances but [there are] too many cutesy whimsical moments, too many coincidences that just kind of neatly tied things together.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
November 16, 2005
The picture isn't devoid of substance, but it doesn't allow itself to get mired in message either. It conveys its themes via likable, relatable protagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
November 14, 2005
The intertwining of separate story strands is solidly structured, and the different mini-narratives resolved in unsurprising yet satisfying ways.
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