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Munyurangabo Reviews

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Carolyn Blick
Boston Phoenix

ou wouldn't think a movie with so many cultural elements to draw on would have to steal from Disney.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

August 26, 2009
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Compared to "Munyurangabo," admirable films like Terry George's "Hotel Rwanda" or Michael Caton-Jones' "Shooting Dogs" seem like so much heavy-handed melodrama.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 90/100

October 5, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It is in every frame a beautiful and powerful film -- a masterpiece.

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

July 23, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A compelling, provocative and well-nuanced drama that's also refreshingly unpretentious and quietly engrossing.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 8.25/10

May 30, 2009
Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
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Without proselytizing, what's left in this machetes-to-ploughshares tale is, unexpectedly, a powerfully Christian film.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 27, 2009
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

There's a patient attentiveness and inquisitiveness to Munyurangabo. that seemingly springs, at least in part, from the cultural divide between Korean-American filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung and his native Rwandan cast, milieu, and language.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 13, 2008
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine

In order to survive, one can't hold onto innocence nor wash away the bloody, tattooed existence of the past. And even with this grim reality, there is some semblance of promise. Not everything corrupt stays that way.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

May 29, 2009
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Two friends in Rwanda dealing with the fallout from the genocide which lingers in their consciousness and souls.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

March 22, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Poignant and authentically moving film.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

September 19, 2009
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Munyurangabo uses the fine-grained techniques of cinematic neorealism to illuminate the psychological and emotional landscape of a still-traumatized place.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 29, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

October 30, 2009
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Munyurangabo may be a simple film with a straightforward message, but the details and conflicts Chung captures give it a reality that cannot be denied.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

February 12, 2010
Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com

intelligent enough to understand where history and blood are built into Rwanda but realistic enough to know that forgiveness is a long way off.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

May 28, 2009
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Chekhov's principle of drama is in full effect, but what's remarkable about this film is how it slowly steers its way from portent to poetry.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

May 28, 2009
Keith Uhlich
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Chung's film feels 'organic.' ... Rather than giving Western viewers a guilt trip by exploiting Rwanda's pain, he makes a movie by Rwanda for Rwanda.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: 9/10

May 11, 2010
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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It's the latest in a long and worthy line of low-budget, partly improvised neorealist movies that mix fiction with documentarylike qualities.

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

June 26, 2009
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Munyurangabo, a simple, naturalistic parable about a journey to the countryside by two young men, reflects on the chances of peace and reconciliation for survivors of Rwanda's bloody recent past.

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

June 12, 2009
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

If you can get past the mercurial changes in emotions and the slow pace you'll find a film that has a lot to say about war and peace, hatred and love, revenge and reconciliation

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

September 25, 2009
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