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Otelo Burning (2012)

Otelo Burning

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 75

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Movie Info

Defying the law, three Zulu boys escape their harsh township lives through the joy of surfing. Overcoming his traditional fear of the water, Otelo Buthelezi discovers a natural talent, finding freedom on the waves. But in the turmoil of a country on the cusp of change, he is dragged down into a spiral of jealousy and violence. As Nelson Mandela finally walks free, Otelo must choose between two worlds. Otelo Burning is based on real events. It is a moving drama of courage, love, betrayal and … More

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
James Whyle , Sara Blecher
In Theaters:
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Otelo Burning

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (3)

Somehow, mostly through the impassioned performances of its young actors, the film finds its footing in the third act ...

Full Review… | November 30, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

A heavy-handed but forceful coming-of-age story set circa 1989, against the backdrop of the violent beginning of apartheid's end ...

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
NPR
Top Critic

This crisp, involving South African drama comes at you in waves, changing course and tone expertly.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

This South African ditty is even framed as a scrapbook, mushily remembering childhood traumas and exaltations.

Full Review… | November 27, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

Ms. Blecher draws fine performances out of the young actors and, to her credit, sugarcoats nothing.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

As buoyant as the waves its heroes surf on, Otelo Burning uses water as metaphor for freedom for its black South African teens in 1988.

Full Review… | November 30, 2012
Film Journal International

The film grows increasingly tiresome the more it flirts with melodrama, unraveling themes of jealousy, regret, and ambition in broad strokes.

Full Review… | November 26, 2012
Slant Magazine

A movie in which there is nothing but its unsentimental look at the waning days of apartheid to make it seem unlike a dozen other inspirational sports movies.

Full Review… | October 13, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

A memorable story about kids who hold bigger dreams than what they are told and taught they could accomplish.

Full Review… | September 24, 2012
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