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Skin Reviews

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Andreas Heinemann
August 4, 2010
Something akin to a Sunday afternoon TV movie of the week.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Giles Hardie
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
Sophie Ivan
Little White Lies
July 24, 2009
The melodramatic, mediocre score runs roughshod over such subtleties and highlights how fundamentally conventionalised Skin is.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 24, 2009
A dull, stiltedly scripted potter through re-warmed liberal indignation and heart-on-sleeve emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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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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Kevin B. Lee
Time Out
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
October 27, 2009
Workmanlike, but enormously moving.
Simon Foster
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.
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-
Nora Lee Mandel
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
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
July 19, 2010
While conventionally told, this thought-provoking film features deeply moving performances and compels audiences to consider the issues it raises.
Lance Gould
Boston Phoenix
January 13, 2010
From an increasingly vibrant cinema about South Africa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Toby Young
Times (UK)
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
Clay Cane
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+
July 24, 2009
An admirably understated central performance from Sophie Okenedo, supported by a fine cast, gives a human face to this true-life race relations drama, which never over-simplifies in favour of easy emotional wins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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