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Skin Reviews

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August 4, 2010
Something akin to a Sunday afternoon TV movie of the week.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 8, 2010
While it's important we never forget the horrendous evils of humanities past, Skin is sadly one social studies class too many.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 24, 2009
The melodramatic, mediocre score runs roughshod over such subtleties and highlights how fundamentally conventionalised Skin is.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 24, 2009
Director Anthony Fabian and his team of writers have lost sight of the conflicts inherent in her story, relying on TV-movie cliché and tired, unsuccessful attempts at emotional manipulation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
July 24, 2009
A dull, stiltedly scripted potter through re-warmed liberal indignation and heart-on-sleeve emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 14, 2010
Laing's life, despite its inherent melodrama, does not automatically lend itself to the screen. And without the aid of a smart script or a prevailing sense of delicacy, a movie about her or apartheid risks being a blunt instrument.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
October 28, 2009
Unable to probe the complex relationships engendered by a biracial society, Skin simply becomes an example of colorless, by-the-numbers apartheid cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 12, 2009
It feels hurried, looks cheap, and works overtime to simplify a complex, flawed character into a noble, tragic heroine. The film speaks fluent cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 11, 2017
Sophie Okonedo beautifully portrays Laing as a confused and scared young woman who's forced to choose a color line, but not without her share of heartache and pain.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 25, 2010
Based on a true story, Skin follows the life of a black-skinned girl born to white Afrikaners in a society where segregation is stronger than family.
November 12, 2009
This great film by Anthony Fabian tells this story through the eyes of a happy girl who grows into an outsider.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 27, 2009
Workmanlike, but enormously moving.
August 9, 2010
The most remarkable elements of the true story of Sandra Laing survive intact, despite a rather unremarkable bigscreen retelling of her life.
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-
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
July 19, 2010
While conventionally told, this thought-provoking film features deeply moving performances and compels audiences to consider the issues it raises.
January 13, 2010
From an increasingly vibrant cinema about South Africa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 24, 2009
Laing's troubled history is full of heart-wrenching tragedy and, for most of its running time, Skin is very effective. The trouble is, it feels quite small, more like a Movie of the Week than a fully fledged feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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+
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