Skin Reviews

September 12, 2019
For a story steeped in such personal and cultural drama, the telling of it was strangely the opposite, keeping the audience at a distance and robbing the story, one really worth telling, of impact.
December 1, 2018
There's something of a happy ending to this tortuous tale, but it's not completely satisfying.
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.
August 4, 2010
Something akin to a Sunday afternoon TV movie of the week.
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.
October 30, 2009
The direction is never more than conventional, with a tear-inducing finale better suited to a TV soap opera.
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.
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.
July 24, 2009
The melodramatic, mediocre score runs roughshod over such subtleties and highlights how fundamentally conventionalised Skin is.
July 24, 2009
A dull, stiltedly scripted potter through re-warmed liberal indignation and heart-on-sleeve emotion.