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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
This is an inspiring tale of a nation, and a man, not wanting to be judged by past misdeeds.
| Original Score: 3/4
Engaging personalities and lively, good-looking assembly make T.C. Johnstone's inspirational sports docu a crowdpleaser.
This feel-good sports doc brings a little-known story to compelling life.
Ashes is joyous and uplifting, full of spirit, memorable athletes (including Olympian Adrien Niyonshuti) and remarkable achievements, both big and small.
| Original Score: 3/5
Though the subject inspires, Johnstone's treatment lacks focus and edge, falling back on platitudes, sentiment, and generalities when clarity is what is needed.
The sincerity and simplicity of the film ... lift it somewhat above the ordinary run.
A film that lacks complex human dimension to fill out this likable if promotional tale of good will and achievement.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Sports provide a path for redemption for both athletes and coaches in Rising From Ashes, a documentary whose power is diminished by uneven storytelling.
| Original Score: C+
Rising from Ashes is not just about a cycling team; it's a testament to what happens when human beings care for one another.
The movie crafts genuine drama from a nail-biter of an Olympic-qualifying race and authentic pathos from footage of Rwandans watching the Games' opening ceremony on television.