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Skin Reviews

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 7, 2009
A powerful fact-based parable illustrating exactly how irrational and cruel racial bigotry is.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 6, 2009
What takes that story of heartbreak and makes it ultimately heartwarming is that Sandra's story, much like the history of apartheid itself, doesn't end there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
November 6, 2009
By the end, the incredulity stems not from the fact that this happened but that the wider world didn't know about it before now.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 6, 2009
Sophie Okonedo, so good in Hotel Rwanda, is fine here as well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
November 5, 2009
Director Anthony Fabian lets the story sell itself, and it does so partly on the strength of the lead performance by Sophie Okonedo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
November 5, 2009
Skin is a moving and smartly made account of a truly peculiar episode from the period of apartheid that existed as national policy in South Africa until just 15 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 5, 2009
As told by director Anthony Fabian, Skin is both exasperatingly choppy and exceptionally moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly
November 4, 2009
Skin is a tragic, enraging, and uplifting tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Clay Cane
BET.com
November 2, 2009
A powerful story. However, there were no DNA tests in 1955. I have never heard of a 'genetic abnormality' creating a child who looks distinctly black -- Maury Povich would probably say, 'You are not the father!'
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kam Williams
TheLoop21.com
October 31, 2009
A frightening primer on how untreated racism can lead someone to abandon, even hate their own offspring.
| Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 30, 2009
A powerful and poignant drama set in South Africa about the toxins of racial hatred and the terrible after-effects of the dangerous and destructive passion of zeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 30, 2009
This unadorned but affecting drama about Sandra Laing, who attracted media attention in the 1950s when her white parents fought the South African system, suffers from a one-note script, but still does right by its tricky subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
October 30, 2009
On-location authenticity lifts poignant debut feature out of pathos and melodrama for a sobering lesson about racism and the dystopian reality of apartheid.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 30, 2009
The direction is never more than conventional, with a tear-inducing finale better suited to a TV soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 30, 2009
In a day when it's difficult to say something new about the racial divide, Sandy's story has a poignant power as it underscores just how deeply the fissures run even when it's all in the family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 30, 2009
We don't need overwrought performances to understand the calamity of her life or to weep when her parents turn their backs on her. If anything, the story demands restraint because, invariably at the movies, it's the gentle touch that hits harder.
| Original Score: 3/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
October 29, 2009
The film's excellent screenplay and extraordinary acting trio of Okonedo, Neill and Krige bring a little-known historical episode to vivid life.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 29, 2009
Based on a true story, his powerful drama tells an important story from Apartheid-era South Africa with honesty and real sensitivity. And the cast makes it thoroughly gripping by never playing it safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 29, 2009
Powerful apartheid drama with a strong script, intriguingly complex characters and terrific performances from Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill and Alice Krige.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 29, 2009
Sophie Okonedo again shines in this unusual but fact-based apartheid drama.
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