• PG-13, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Mark Bamford
    In Theaters:
    Nov 11, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 15, 2006
  • Artistic License


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Cape of Good Hope Reviews

John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Brown's spunky, funny Kate helps hold the piece together.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 20, 2006
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 13, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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No matter how heavy-handed the sentimentality gets, the film's intentions seem sincere.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 5, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A post-apartheid film in which the characters are less concerned with politics than with matters of the heart.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 5, 2006
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 16, 2005
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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Grounded in the easy rhythms of daily life, this charming little film shows unexpected grit.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 15, 2005
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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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 13, 2005
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

December 2, 2005
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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[A] warmhearted film ...

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

November 23, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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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.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

November 21, 2005
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

November 16, 2005
Ronnie Scheib
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The intertwining of separate story strands is solidly structured, and the different mini-narratives resolved in unsurprising yet satisfying ways.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 14, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Charming if overlong.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

November 11, 2005
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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The subject matter is much too dark for children, and the tone is not sophisticated enough for adults, so it's hard to know who Mark Bamford had in mind for this awkwardly sentimental drama.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 11, 2005
Laura Kern
New York Times
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The kind-hearted triumph and the wicked get theirs in Cape of Good Hope, a genuine uplift of a film that even the most diehard cynics will find hard to

| Original Score: 4.5/5

November 10, 2005
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Everyone smiles far too much.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 8, 2005
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