Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika) Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 3, 2003
It focuses too much on the mother.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
A pretty but unsatisfying trifle, its graceful camerawork and fine acting unable to make an oddly flat story shine.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
April 11, 2003
It's beautifully shot and too long, and contains pained references to the Holocaust; it's a movie tailor-made for awards rather than for personal reasons.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 7, 2003
Mediocre, interminable soap opera.
| Original Score: 2/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 5, 2012
plods through new terrain in Holocaust related subject matter with a shotgun mentality
Full Review | Original Score: C
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 2, 2002
In building a feeling of dissatisfaction and ennui, its pace of time passing is simply too slow and subdued.
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
March 4, 2003
A straightforward epic, almost alarmingly quaint in the telling.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 14, 2003
Refined boredom.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 16, 2003
Skates on the slippery moral slope of colonial fantasy.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 28, 2003
Nowhere in Africa isn't really a dull film so much as an oddly quaint one that seems to find a comfortable perspective about drastic circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Katrina Onstad
National Post
March 29, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
April 4, 2003
A well-acted, exquisitely photographed, plot-jammed movie that sinks into melodrama and reveals too little about the African culture and landscape in which it's set.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
May 14, 2003
This biography is well made but has nothing new to offer
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
July 18, 2003
A beautifully shot and honestly melancholy drama marred by a meandering script that has trouble deciding whose story is being told.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 22, 2003
Merely watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 21, 2003
It is so rare to find a film where you become quickly, simply absorbed in the story. You want to know what happens next.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 13, 2003
The movie's real strength lies in its intelligent, sympathetic account of the dynamic, difficult marriage of Regina's parents.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 15, 2003
Don't expect to see the best foreign-language picture made in 2002.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 14, 2002
This marvelously evocative movie keenly observes the quotidian even as it captures the epic sweep of a tale of displacement and adaptation.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 4, 2003
This is a wonderful adventure.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 6, 2003
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
April 15, 2003
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
Alexander Walker
This is London
April 5, 2003
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Derek Elley
Variety
June 19, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 4, 2003

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April 8, 2003

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April 18, 2003

Guardian
April 20, 2003

Baltimore Sun
April 25, 2003

ComingSoon.net
May 16, 2003
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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