• Unrated, 1 hr. 12 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Sara Blecher
    In Theaters:
    Nov 30, 2012 Limited

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Otelo Burning Reviews

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Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International

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 Source: Film Journal International

November 30, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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Somehow, mostly through the impassioned performances of its young actors, the film finds its footing in the third act ...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 30, 2012
Joel Arnold
NPR
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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 Source: NPR

November 29, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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This crisp, involving South African drama comes at you in waves, changing course and tone expertly.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

November 29, 2012
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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Ms. Blecher draws fine performances out of the young actors and, to her credit, sugarcoats nothing.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 8, 2012
Clay Cane
BET.com

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

Full Review Source: BET.com | Original Score: B

September 24, 2012
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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This South African ditty is even framed as a scrapbook, mushily remembering childhood traumas and exaltations.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 27, 2012
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 26, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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 Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 5/10

October 13, 2012
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