Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika) Reviews

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Derek Elley
Variety
June 19, 2008
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
June 26, 2003
Everything in the film rings true, is deeply moving, richly photographed, and wonderfully acted.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 16, 2003
The acting is excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Vic Vogler
Denver Post
May 9, 2003
The film has the glorious sweep of an epic.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 9, 2003
Link creates a complex and fascinating portrait of a marriage under the enormous stress of geographical dislocation and historical trauma.
| Original Score: B+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 25, 2003
One very fine film.
| Original Score: A
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April 22, 2003
The pacing of Nowhere in Africa is a mite drowsy, but there are payoffs for the director's uninsistent touch.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
April 17, 2003
A worthy, complex and nuanced film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 11, 2003
Nowhere in Africa is a movie of many moods and nuances. In addition to being a Holocaust saga, it's a girl's story, a woman's story and the story of a marriage.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 5, 2003
Superbly acted and brilliantly lensed, Nowhere In Africa is that hard-to-achieve movie where the small picture counts for more than the bigger one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 4, 2003
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
April 3, 2003
An instant family classic to be shared and enjoyed by parents and mature teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
March 28, 2003
If there's a love story here, it's the Redlichs' -- and the director's -- love for the stark beauty of Africa.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 28, 2003
There's a lot more to Nowhere in Africa -- too much, actually ... Yet even if the movie has at least one act too many, the question that runs through it -- of whether belonging to a place is a matter of time or of will -- remains consistent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eve Zibart
Washington Post
March 28, 2003
What rescues the film is ... the quality of the acting.
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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
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
March 28, 2003
This consistently absorbing family saga is primarily a safari of the soul.
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Cary Darling
Miami Herald
March 27, 2003
A good story, exceedingly well told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 27, 2003
Your next movie destination should be Nowhere in Africa.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 20, 2003
A lovely film with a deeply humane perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 14, 2003
Refined boredom.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2003
This is an intelligent epic told without special pleading, a film able to cut deep enough to reveal a keen specificity of experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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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.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 7, 2003
A ravishing page-turner of an adventure that defies as many expectations as it fulfills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
March 7, 2003
This is one of the best films about a person coming to the viewpoint of another, only to see that person have a change in attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 7, 2003
Mediocre, interminable soap opera.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 6, 2003
Despite a shaky narrative focus and dramatic reticence, its journey is consistently absorbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 6, 2003
Audience empathy for the displaced Redlichs, coupled with the filmmaker's proffered charms of wise natives and their mysterious rituals, goes a long way toward making this lyrical travelogue a crowd pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 6, 2003
The story here is more personal and intimate than in last year's Shanghai Ghetto, in which an entire Jewish community was transported to Shanghai.
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
March 4, 2003
A straightforward epic, almost alarmingly quaint in the telling.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 4, 2003
This is a wonderful adventure.
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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.