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Hotel Rwanda Reviews

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 24, 2010
Like "Schindler's List," "Hotel Rwanda" shows how the madness of genocide and war converted one man's context of wealth and success from capitalism to humanitarianism. Don Cheadle honors Paul Rusesabagina by tapping his brave face and internal rage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 17, 2010
potentially fantastic material...unfortunately, [Terry] George's attempt is too mired in movie-of-the-week sensibilities...to do any justice to its subject matter
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 16, 2009
Don Cheadle gives a beautifully restrained tour de force performance as a singular voice of reason at the epicenter of writer/director Terry George's depiction of Rwanda's outbreak of genocide in 1994 when Hutu militias slaughtered one million Tutsis with
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
This is a solid film, but it is the truth that holds the power, not the direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
The film belongs to Don Cheadle as Paul and, not surprisingly, he walks away with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
May 5, 2007
The filmmakers want to respect history and not exploit it as so much slasher movie fodder.
Full Review | Original Score: 75/100
CT Staff
Christianity Today
November 1, 2006
Cheadle is outstanding in his first major lead role, one where he is present during practically every important moment in this story.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic

Time Out
June 24, 2006
There's a tidiness and sense of convenience in the film's stock characterisations and button-pushing plotting that detracts from its impact. The film doesn't just contrive to contain the slaughter, but also its own anger.
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Who cares about overdone orchestral blasts or signpost-waving lines of dialogue when such raw, naked, painful humanity is displayed by Don Cheadle in the central role?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
January 17, 2006
Cheadle has an Oscar nomination for best actor. But this isn't a grandstanding portrayal: it is a performance at the service of the work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
S. James Wegg
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
In 2004, with Darfur burning and Congo smouldering, has anything really changed?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 26, 2005
Showing traces of the well-meaning paternalism that dogs many Western films about Africa, Hotel Rwanda doesn't go far enough in indicting Europeans and Americans for protecting their own while failing to intervene in time to stop the mass killings.
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
September 8, 2005
...disappointingly conventional [but] an important film nevertheless...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
June 16, 2005
The film is an overwhelming, sad, and heartfelt achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
June 7, 2005
The fact-based story it tells of instinctual heroism in the face of unspeakable horror is powerful enough to overcome its flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Incapable of honestly confronting its ugly subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
May 2, 2005
As powerful as the movie was, Don Cheadle was better.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 2, 2005
Here, now, is the true face of human barbarity, and the true face of human heroism. Not in the now-distant mythology of World War II…
Full Review | Original Score: A
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 17, 2005
Director Terry George takes his screenplay, which he co-wrote with Keir Pearson, and turns it into a south African "Schindler's List".
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com
April 12, 2005
One of the most disturbing films in recent memory.
| Original Score: 4/4
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