Rising From Ashes Reviews

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June 26, 2014
Inspiring, tough-hearted documentary about the formation of the Rwandan cycling team in the wake of the 1994 genocide.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Aaron Yap
Flicks.co.nz
June 26, 2014
We're invited to bask in the achievements of Team Rwanda, but it's difficult to when confronted with the lingering intrigue surrounding Boyer's story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eddie Cockrell
The Australian
June 25, 2014
So while the subjects explored in Rising from Ashes are worthy of contemplation, the methodology of doing so puts the brakes on the film's ability to inspire and persuade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
June 19, 2014
The film is beautifully put together, with slick editing and glossy photography. The beauty of Rwanda is astonishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 26, 2013
The race footage is everything a cycling addict, or even a casual admirer, could hope for.
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
September 19, 2013
File it under the subgenre 'feel-good documentary.' Rising from Ashes is simple, direct and ultimately uplifting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 12, 2013
Essentially a sports documentary with the look and feel of an ESPN program, "Rising from Ashes" nevertheless has broad, inspirational appeal on a human level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 22, 2013
This is an inspiring tale of a nation, and a man, not wanting to be judged by past misdeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
August 21, 2013
A few gaps in the narrative do little to tarnish the impact of this stirring tale, which offers big heart and quick feet to those in the mood for a story that reinforces the power of the human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
August 16, 2013
Engaging personalities and lively, good-looking assembly make T.C. Johnstone's inspirational sports docu a crowdpleaser.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 16, 2013
This feel-good sports doc brings a little-known story to compelling life.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 16, 2013
Ashes is joyous and uplifting, full of spirit, memorable athletes (including Olympian Adrien Niyonshuti) and remarkable achievements, both big and small.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
August 15, 2013
Though the subject inspires, Johnstone's treatment lacks focus and edge, falling back on platitudes, sentiment, and generalities when clarity is what is needed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 11, 2013
This team [Team Rwanda]...had something to prove and T.C. Johnstone does a solid job in chronicling their journey from the bottom to the top of their sport.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
August 2, 2013
The sincerity and simplicity of the film ... lift it somewhat above the ordinary run.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David DeWitt
New York Times
August 1, 2013
A film that lacks complex human dimension to fill out this likable if promotional tale of good will and achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 1, 2013
Its story line is as positive and affirmative as the title indicates, but it turns out there are dramas going on in this documentary that you wouldn't initially suspect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
August 1, 2013
...the story behind Rising from Ashes is so moving and compelling that the documentary's shortcomings seem inconsequential.
Andrew Lapin
The Dissolve
August 1, 2013
Rising From Ashes, a film produced by Project Rwanda and funded by its donors, is little more than an 82-minute fundraising pitch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Nick Schager
AV Club
August 1, 2013
Sports provide a path for redemption for both athletes and coaches in Rising From Ashes, a documentary whose power is diminished by uneven storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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