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The Agronomist Reviews

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
An fine film, touching if not exceptional.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 2, 2005
... best read as a eulogy for a genuine hero, a natty, erudite little guy with a funny accent and a perceptible joy of life.
| Original Score: B-
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 23, 2004
A compassionate and powerful tribute to a crusader doing battle with 'no weapon other than his microphone and a thirst for truth.'
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Free speech isn't merely a shibboleth in The Agronomist. As embodied by Dominique, it's a fire-breathing force.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 30, 2004
His story makes us feel for the Haitian people and appreciate the glorious right of a free press.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
June 24, 2004
Demme does not seek justice. He has done something greater in making Dominique immortal.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 18, 2004
The mark of an effective documentary feature is its ability to work on more than one level. And by those standards at least, The Agronomist is very effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 18, 2004
Demme... captures Dominique's energy and hunger for human rights, sometimes by doing nothing more than locking down the camera and letting the guy talk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 14, 2004
Once again, Hollywood's big-budget blockbusters are overshadowed by a small but infinitely more moving piece of expert non-fiction filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 11, 2004
An interesting story about a fascinating man and his struggling nation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
June 10, 2004
A lively, illuminating homage to an extraordinary man of courage, whose cry for his beloved country got him killed.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 9, 2004
While a fitting tribute to Dominique the man and fervent patriot, Demme's personalized film is less enlightening on Haiti as a whole.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
June 6, 2004
Demme's fine, riveting, and finally joyous film is a fitting capstone to the life of a man who made a difference in a time and place where it was (and is) so much easier not to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marc Mohan
June 4, 2004
Traces the life of this brave, exuberant spokesman for freedom of the press and human rights in a country that has known little of either.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 3, 2004
Demme's emotionally engaging salute to his fallen friend is a personal labor of love with relevance for anyone concerned with the history of our hemisphere. Or its future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 3, 2004
Intelligent, stodgy and predictable.
| Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
May 31, 2004
A political documentary that sings with the urgency, potency and, yes, stridency of a great protest song.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
May 28, 2004
It tells instead of shows for the most part, and the telling isn't as effective as it should be.
| Original Score: C-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 23, 2004
John Demme is the right filmmaker for assembling the truth about the subject-matter of Haitian freedom.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Angela Baldassarre
May 17, 2004
Real and unpolished, Jonathan Demme's decade-in-the-making documentary on Haitian broadcaster Jean Dominique is engrossing and powerful.
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