Skin Reviews

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September 12, 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.
February 17, 2011
Intense family drama about race, identity during apartheid.
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.
July 22, 2010
The storytelling maybe undistinguished but the performances power it.
July 21, 2010
Performances are impeccable, and location shooting in South Africa adds to the power of an impressive true story.
July 19, 2010
While conventionally told, this thought-provoking film features deeply moving performances and compels audiences to consider the issues it raises.
July 16, 2010
An extraordinary story, one that only real life could invent... You won't forget this film in a hurry
July 16, 2010
A haunting film that tells its unforgettable tale about a coloured girl, born to white parents in South Africa, with simplicity and heartfelt sentiment
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.
January 13, 2010
From an increasingly vibrant cinema about South Africa.
January 3, 2010
Once the absurdity of the situation has been accepted, the film plays out like a made for television docu drama, with Sandra constantly challenged and overcoming...
December 15, 2009
December 11, 2009
Potent, still relevant and inspiring while maddening, Skin shows some of our best and much of our worst.
Top Critic
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 13, 2009
Great performances and a smart decision to avoid melodrama make Skin worth seeing but it's the small things that hold it back from being truly great.
November 13, 2009
Given the subject matter, I wish there were more outrage and passion in Skin, which plods from one huge event to another.
November 12, 2009
This great film by Anthony Fabian tells this story through the eyes of a happy girl who grows into an outsider.
November 7, 2009
A powerful fact-based parable illustrating exactly how irrational and cruel racial bigotry is.
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.
November 6, 2009
Sophie Okonedo, so good in Hotel Rwanda, is fine here as well.
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