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Skin Reviews

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
December 15, 2009
Provocative.
December 11, 2009
Potent, still relevant and inspiring while maddening, Skin shows some of our best and much of our worst.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 10, 2009
Every emotion is underscored with sugary music, every narrative plot progression telegraphed with the mechanical structural stiffness of a made-for-TV movie.
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
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 6, 2009
Sophie Okonedo, so good in Hotel Rwanda, is fine here as well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
November 5, 2009
As told by director Anthony Fabian, Skin is both exasperatingly choppy and exceptionally moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 4, 2009
Skin is a tragic, enraging, and uplifting tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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 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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 29, 2009
Sophie Okonedo again shines in this unusual but fact-based apartheid drama.
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
October 27, 2009
Workmanlike, but enormously moving.
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