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Shake Hands with the Devil Reviews

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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 12, 2010
The best that can be said of the film is that it is an honorable dud.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 10, 2010
Dallaire's stalwart stoicism offsets the horrors on display, which are filmed with expectedly solemn slickness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
November 9, 2010
Though the film, based on Dallaire's memoir, can veer toward deification of the general, it's hugely effective in illustrating the grotesque power plays that led to the deaths of more than 800,000 Tutsis.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
October 31, 2010
What ultimately characterizes Shake Hands with the Devil is its cumbersome sense of contrition, but the film seems only foggily aware of what its apologizing for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 23, 2009
Then as now, the world recoils as the various documentations of those horrors become available for all who wish to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
September 28, 2007
The filmmaking is a bit scrappy. Still, it's worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 28, 2007
Gets [close] to the heart of the matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
September 25, 2007
[Director] Spottiswoode's lackluster film fails to offer any fresh perspective on these now well-known events.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
September 22, 2007
Beautifully filmed, brutally frank, and forceful in its political message - in support of active peacekeeping - this is a powerful film that's not to be missed.
| Original Score: 88/100
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 19, 2007
Despite being filmed in many of those actual Rwandan locations, Shake Hands with the Devil is frustratingly distancing.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 15, 2007
...suffers from a vibe of familiarity that ultimately prevents it from making any kind of a real impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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