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The Agronomist Reviews

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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.
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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
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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
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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.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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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
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
May 14, 2004
With Haiti again in the news, The Agronomist is an apt history lesson about its political turmoil and a powerful testimonial about patriotism in the face of oppression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 14, 2004
A thoroughly fascinating look at a man with a mind that is subtle, sensitive and alert to life's nuances.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 14, 2004
Not an extraordinary portrait, but it does portray an extraordinary man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 7, 2004
We are left with vivid images of Dominique, whose desire to change his country, despite formidable intimidation, is an inspiration to any supporter of democracy.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 7, 2004
A thoroughly absorbing and deeply affecting portrait of an extraordinary leader.
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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
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May 6, 2004
Teeming with the profound chaos and more profound harmony of modern Haiti.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 6, 2004
A labor of love in the best sense: both a ferocious indictment of the corrupt dictatorships that have subjugated Haiti for decades (sometimes with American support) and a stirring salute to a fallen comrade, Dominique.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
April 30, 2004
What comes through more than anything is Dominique's resolve -- and the ways that Haitian leaders tried to stop him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
April 30, 2004
Reminds us of previous events in the country's history, as told by a Haitian who impresses us as someone honestly looking for nothing more than peace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 30, 2004
The film crackles with Dominique's voice and personality -- but not, unfortunately, his ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 23, 2004
A film guaranteed to promote righteous indignation, sadness and guilt -- as it makes the case that the intertwined history of the United States and Haiti is one of almost unutterable shame.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 23, 2004
A sad, and sadly necessary primer on [Haiti's] troubles.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 23, 2004
An engrossing, entertaining and highly moving portrait of a man who was martyred for his strong beliefs.
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 22, 2004
An unexpectedly moving and exciting story that's arrived with a most ordinary title and a subject matter not likely to make heartbeats quicken.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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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Marc Cooper
L.A. Weekly
April 22, 2004
A valuable and deeply haunting portrait of a social activist who lived and died for the highest ideals.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
April 21, 2004
A moving portrait of the late Haitian radio personality who campaigned for democracy, Jean Dominique.
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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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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.