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Stander Reviews

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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 2, 2009
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 3, 2004
Pumped by a soundtrack of period South African funk and dance music, propelled by whiplash montage sequences and rubber-burning Burt Reynolds-issue getaways, Stander is the very definition of good, old-fashioned outlawry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 3, 2004
Stander refuses to take a stand on its own subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
August 20, 2004
Has you in its grip from the beginning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 19, 2004
Worth a look, thanks mostly to Mr. Jane's troubled swagger and Ms. Hughes' sharp eye.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 19, 2004
Adds up to what is less a movie than an entertainingly episodic rap sheet.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
August 13, 2004
Stander attempts to pass itself off as a fast-paced caper picture doubling as a socially conscious apartheid drama but ends up equally unconvincing in both departments.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 12, 2004
[I]t is very smart about bank robberies.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 6, 2004
It is less a character study than an action pageant, cycling through the exploits of its anti-hero with an emphasis on flash and adrenaline.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 6, 2004
Maryland native Thomas Jane affects a very convincing South African accent for the title role in this compelling,exploitative true-life drama about a Johannesburg police captain turned bank robber.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 6, 2004
A second-rate action picture that's content to use apartheid as a colorful background.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 5, 2004
An exciting, hard-driving, fast-moving gangster picture and a sharp commentary on apartheid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 5, 2004
This true story is an unsettling character study of a man self-destructively addicted to flouting authority.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 5, 2004
It's Jane, breaking out of pretty-boy roles in vacuous movies, who provides Stander its vortex of violent conflict and makes the film both kinetic and socially resonant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 5, 2004
Seems so conflicted about whether to give us the Stander fact or the Stander legend that the character remains, in spite of Jane's often impressive acting, as enigmatic to us as he did to those entrusted with his capture.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 5, 2004
Directed by Bronwen Hughes ... with striking verve, Stander efficiently conveys the anarchic ironies of the situation.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
August 3, 2004
Hughes abandons the wealth-redistribution theme, morphing the movie into a mere buddy flick about amoral fugitives on the road.