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The Agronomist Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 3, 2004
Intelligent, stodgy and predictable.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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-
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.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
April 30, 2004
Listening to Dominique and his worshipful wife bloviate for about an hour and a half is not my idea of scintillating cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Annlee Ellingson
May 4, 2004
The film's origins as a side project are obvious in its amateur production values, with framing that's constantly having to adjust and a picture that's not always in focus.
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-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 7, 2004
We watch Dominique use humor and cynicism as well as anger, and we understand he is not a zealot but simply a reasonable man saying reasonable things in an unreasonable country.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 14, 2004
A portrait of an optimist in a time of despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 30, 2004
The Agronomist has unexpectedly turned out to be a much more compelling and urgent film than anything else Demme has done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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-
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
April 27, 2004
An uncompromising glimpse into a life and a land waging a two-hundred year battle for peace.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 13, 2004
... a rousing celebration of a genuine people's hero and a timely reminder that a free press is the greatest weapon in the arsenal of democracy and freedom.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
Rob Blackwelder
July 3, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 21, 2004
This affecting eulogy underscores not only Demme's own tribute to Dominique but also the film's homage to radio.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 21, 2004
Works best as an homage.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Robert Koehler
April 21, 2004
A moving portrait of the late Haitian radio personality who campaigned for democracy, Jean Dominique.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 22, 2004
A magnificent documentary about the life of Jean Dominique, a Haitian radio broadcaster who was a brave and tireless voice for democracy and human rights in that unlucky country.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 22, 2004
Uses archival footage and music to tell a moving story that's all too common in the Third World.
| Original Score: 3/4
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