Town Of Runners Reviews

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Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
July 15, 2012
"Running is a way of life here," says one of the coaches, and that's about as satisfying an insight as this documentary provides.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail
June 29, 2012
The documentary, a must-see for any runner looking for inspiration, only skirts the reasons why the town of Bekoji seems to provide such an advantage to its young athletes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
June 28, 2012
This isn't a new story, young people having to rely on their athletic prowess to escape lives of poverty while navigating the adversities that life throws in their path. What Rothwell demonstrates is how universal that struggle is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 4, 2012
It's a bit low-key and simplistic, but the photography is beautiful and the human stories are riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
April 24, 2012
This amazing story might be familiar - it's one of those tales sporadically recycled by the Sunday glossies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Hannah McGill
The List
April 23, 2012
The filmmakers achieve intimacy without condescension, and capture both heartrending hopefulness and sad self-delusion. An interesting if slightly limited corrective to sanctimonious Olympics hype.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 20, 2012
Hollywood couldn't make it up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
April 19, 2012
A valuable insight into the roots of the sport.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 19, 2012
It's a fantastically cool British documentary about two runners from Bekoji - a highland town in Ethiopia that has produced some of the world's greatest long-distance runners including the paradisiacal Tirunesh Dibaba.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sophie Haslett
Little White Lies
April 19, 2012
So much more than a documentary about Olympic runners, Town of Runners is an introspective eulogy to a way of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
April 10, 2012
Fluctuations in form, funding and bureaucracy hinder the girls' progress but their ambition never wavers. In an Olympic year, here's an inspirational reminder of what it's all about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
April 15, 2012
Thinly developed story strands make this a frustrating look at the hopes and hardships of Ethiopia's child athletes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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