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Catch a Fire Reviews

Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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At its best when making the most of the conflicts at the heart of apartheid.

Full Review Source: Time Out

March 23, 2007
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Despite Mr. Noyce's attempt to achieve a sense of balance and restraint, the material covers an overly familiar landscape with no special insight or sense of purpose.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 1, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Catch a Fire ignites, incites and informs as few other movies of the fall do.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

November 1, 2006
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Catch a Fire is confident enough to depict the battle from all sides.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

November 1, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[The film is] complex. It's rich. I think it's well-done.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 31, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 28, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Robbins tips the balance with his one-dimensional performance, and the earnest script follows in kind, settling for the sort of paternalistic take on black power and dignity that has dogged virtually every film like this.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

October 28, 2006
Carla Meyer
Dallas Morning News
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Patrick Chamusso, the refinery foreman played by Derek Luke in Catch a Fire, brims with energy, whether he's dancing to a Donna Summer song or coaching the local youth soccer team.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

October 28, 2006
John Hartl
Newsweek
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Smoothly directed by Phillip Noyce, the movie relies heavily on well-staged action sequences and two gifted actors to keep its familiar tale from appearing stale.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

October 27, 2006
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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Noyce's straightforward, almost documentary style is especially effective, considering that so many incidents happened pretty much the way they're portrayed.

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

October 27, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Although Catch a Fire was clearly done for the right reasons, the movie dissipates its own tensions.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 27, 2006
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A political thriller that thankfully sidesteps the offensive convention of exploring Africa's suffering through the eyes of a white protagonist.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 27, 2006
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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As long as there's oppression anywhere, well-told stories like this will always be relevant.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 27, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Thanks to a terrifically shaded performance by Robbins, Vos comes across as a complex character with clearly ambivalent feelings about his task and his place in the apartheid system.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

October 27, 2006
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Phillip Noyce is admirably restrained in his filmmaking; where other directors would assault the senses, he underplays the beatings Patrick endures without graphic detail.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

October 27, 2006
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Catch a Fire could spark a few with this incendiary notion: Torture breeds terrorists.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 27, 2006
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Catch a Fire is really a story of tangled loyalties, rather than the political thriller it is being dubiously sold as.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 27, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Catch a Fire blurs the distinction between labels and resonates through today's global conflicts. More importantly, the film offers a taste of the desperation and fear behind the restrictions and the cruelty that whites forced on blacks.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

October 27, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Thanks to its incisive script and the excellent performances of Luke and Robbins, its primary characters are not just black and white, literally or figuratively, but instead are shaded and multidimensional, battling demons and conflicted as hell.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

October 27, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Catch a Fire may not substantially expand our understanding of the apartheid era, but the look and feel of South Africa pervade this film, giving it enough vibrancy and impact to compensate for what feels familiar.

| Original Score: B

October 27, 2006
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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The remarkable South African story Catch a Fire is more than capable of raising and exploring resonant political questions in a Western world obsessed with terrorism.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 27, 2006
Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
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Having first burst on the scene in his groundbreaking title role in Antwone Fisher, Luke delivers here a top-notch performance that is nuanced and layered, with just the right emotional punch.

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

October 27, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Phillip Noyce's Catch a Fire shares its name with the classic Bob Marley record. The record is better.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 27, 2006
Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
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An affecting story of punishment and crime, of betrayal and redemption marred by preachiness and a treacly ending, Catch a Fire is notable for its refusal to see things in terms of black and white.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 26, 2006
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Ultimately, [director Phillip Noyce] does a pretty good job of telling us the cost of freedom; he just can't quite put us inside the skin of the people who had to pay it.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 26, 2006
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Catch a Fire is a well-constructed action thriller elevated by (Derek) Luke's performance.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 26, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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It's possible to see a deeper level to what's on screen but, regardless of whether or not a viewer chooses to engage the film in that way, it's an effective piece of cinema.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

October 26, 2006
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Derek Luke, best known for his Independent Spirit Award-winning lead performance in Antwone Fisher, brings a maturity, gravity and even fury to his richest role to date.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 26, 2006
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The film never strays much beyond the obvious.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 26, 2006
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Luke is fine in the lead, proving that his good work in Antoine Fisher was no fluke.

| Original Score: B

October 26, 2006
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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The characters are not plot-serving constructs, so they behave in ways that are often contradictory, much like real people.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

October 26, 2006
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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The director Phillip Noyce revisits the ordeal of an ordinary black South African who became a foot soldier in the war against apartheid.

| Original Score: 2/5

October 26, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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What's most riveting about Catch a Fire is the truth from which it springs.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 26, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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[Dirctor Phillp Noyce's] goal earns him empathy. But the film goes further than that, creating an absorbing portrait of a peaceful, well-meaning man who is mistreated at every turn until he finally strikes back.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 26, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Philip Noyce's anti-apartheid drama is tense and thoughtful.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

October 26, 2006
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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Director Philip Noyce and screenwriter Shawn Slovo lean heavily into the thriller aspects of Chamusso's story, leaving much of the nuance to actors Derek Luke, Bonnie Henna and Tim Robbins.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

October 26, 2006
Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
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The action, political intrigue and marital tensions (which prove critical as the story unfolds) never quite coalesce into a compelling whole.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 26, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The movie is poorly made -- both too simple and too opaque.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

October 26, 2006
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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As out-of-Africa dramas go these days, Catch a Fire is downright old-fashioned, a liberal political thriller about a noble black man who stands up to a white imperial monster.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 26, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Phillip Noyce embraces the tale with gusto, lighting up a picture that is as much a taut action saga as it is a cautionary history lesson.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

October 25, 2006
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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It's the story of Patrick Chamusso, who intended no harm till harm was done to him. Fact is, he could be just about anyone anywhere -- South Africa, the Middle East, right next door.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 24, 2006
James Adams
Globe and Mail
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This one's a nail-biter, a fast-paced, compulsively watchable political thriller.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 23, 2006
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Impending history and potent music energize this Apartheid-era suspense film.

September 13, 2006
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Stories of resistance to oppression will never become obsolete, but this feels like a picture that should have been made a long time ago.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 13, 2006
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