• PG-13, 2 hr. 1 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Terry George
    In Theaters:
    Dec 22, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 12, 2005
  • MGM


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Hotel Rwanda Reviews

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Nick Rogers

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 Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 24, 2010
Cole Smithey

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A-

April 16, 2009
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

This is a solid film, but it is the truth that holds the power, not the direction.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 7, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

The film belongs to Don Cheadle as Paul and, not surprisingly, he walks away with it.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 14, 2007
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

The filmmakers want to respect history and not exploit it as so much slasher movie fodder.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 75/100

May 5, 2007
CT Staff
Christianity Today

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

November 1, 2006

Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine

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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 1, 2006
Philippa Hawker
Sydney Morning Herald

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 Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4/4

January 17, 2006
S. James Wegg
Film Threat

In 2004, with Darfur burning and Congo smouldering, has anything really changed?

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2005
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

...disappointingly conventional [but] an important film nevertheless...

Full Review Source: All Movie Guide | Original Score: 5/10

September 8, 2005
Bill Clark

The film is an overwhelming, sad, and heartfelt achievement.

Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony | Original Score: A

June 16, 2005
Rob Blackwelder

The fact-based story it tells of instinctual heroism in the face of unspeakable horror is powerful enough to overcome its flaws.

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

June 7, 2005
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise

As powerful as the movie was, Don Cheadle was better.

Full Review Source: Broomfield Enterprise

May 2, 2005
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

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 Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: A

May 2, 2005
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

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 Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 4/4

April 17, 2005
Sarah Chauncey

One of the most disturbing films in recent memory.

| Original Score: 4/4

April 12, 2005
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 13, 2005
Jay Richardson
Future Movies UK

Oscar-nominated, Cheadle and Okonedo are the film's impressive heart. Despite the madness around them, both are never less than believable.

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 8/10

March 12, 2005
Tim Appelo
Seattle Weekly

Don Cheadle's eyes have an openness and depth like Martin Sheen's in Apocalypse Now: they're the lens through which we can watch this incredible war.

Full Review Source: Seattle Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

March 9, 2005
Jennie Kermode
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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
January 15, 2005
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