King Leopold's Ghost Reviews

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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
September 28, 2006
Although King Leopold's Ghost dwells perhaps too long on the viciousness, it does offer clues on how it became a circle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
September 28, 2006
An often infuriating (and excruciating) film to watch, but one that gets to the root of the despair that now plagues so much of the African continent.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 23, 2006
King Leopold's Ghost can be recommended as an economical education in one of the lesser-known atrocities of the capitalist system, as well as an eye-opening account of history's most ruthless amasser of wealth.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
August 18, 2006
In its hard-hitting depiction of a legacy of unspeakable brutality, this film shows that the ghosts of Leopold are alive and well.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 18, 2006
The movie, directed by Pippa Scott and Oreet Rees, includes beautifully shot footage of the lush landscape, plus horrifying black and white footage and stills of the Congolese under the yoke of Leopold and his successors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 18, 2006
Europe's genocidal adventures in Africa receive a passionate reckoning in this ambitious documentary based on Adam Hochschild's best-selling history of the same title.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 18, 2006
Exhaustively if sometimes depressingly thorough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 18, 2006
It is an indispensable treatise on Western hegemony and capitalist plunder -- as seen through the troubled history of the Congo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
August 18, 2006
Ghost throws its most powerful punch in its second half, reporting on contempo events as a direct repeat of the ghastly Leopold era.
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Joshua Land
Village Voice
August 18, 2006
King Leopold's Ghost traces the living legacy of colonialism.