A Dry White Season Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 7, 2012
The relentless plot is effectively set up and expertly pursued, and Hugh Masekela makes some striking contributions to Dave Grusin's musical score.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 7, 2012
A polemic against South African apartheid, this may not meet criteria for "great" filmmaking, but director Euzhan Palcy's film succeeds in being significant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
October 7, 2012
It's filled with obvious, earnest performances--Marlon Brando's ironic and subtle one is the only exception--and unresonant writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Empire Magazine
October 7, 2012
A thumpingly didactic script, but Palcy has crafted a watchable - if not particularly important, given its competition - one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
July 6, 2010
A wrenching picture about South Africa that makes no expedient compromises with feel-good entertainment values, A Dry White Season displays riveting performances and visceral style.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 7, 2007
Tells about the political awakenings in 1976 to apartheid in South Africa.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Damon Wise
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Whites debating racial injustice: fine for a book published in Afrikaans a decade ago, but a poor premise for a message movie.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 12, 2005
...a powerful examination of the effects of Apartheid on a privileged white man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Crum
June 15, 2005
Late career Brando is so-so drama.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 10, 2003
Depicts one Afrikaner's journey toward moral responsibility in South Africa.

May 24, 2003
It's not Cry Freedom, nor is it A World Apart, but there are some fine performances, particularly from Brando as the world-weary lawyer prosecuting the killer.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Brando appears only briefly and is badly missed. His character takes the whole film a notch above where it might otherwise go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
March 14, 2003
A heavy-handed but effective condemnation of Apartheid justice. Brando, who worked for free on this one, is great as an opposition lawyer.
| Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
a provocative topic makes for a mundane drama
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jeanne Cooper
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
"A Dry White Season" bursts through your door and beats you senseless; it seems perverse to question its technique and only days later can you question its logic.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
"A Dry White Season" is political cinema so deeply felt it attains a moral grace.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
There is much to admire here, and on the whole, if the film doesn't quite satisfy, it does get its point across well enough to make it worth a look.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This movie isn't just a plot, trotted out to manipulate us, but the painful examination of one man's change of conscience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
July 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 22, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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