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Beyond the Gates Reviews

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Christian Toto
Washington Times
July 13, 2008
Beyond the Gates takes an unflinching look at the start of the Rwandan genocide.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 4, 2008
This is a spiritual drama, not a political one, drawing a thick line between our good intentions and the selfish choices we ultimately make.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 20, 2007
It simply presents, and assumes that we have the inherent morality to understand that what we are watching is evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 11, 2007
Though less reassuring and not as dramatically coherent as Hotel Rwanda, it still packs a hard punch.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
June 1, 2007
The film grinds inexorably toward its unsurprising and terrible conclusion with infinite grace but no real suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 1, 2007
An intense and gripping drama that makes you realize that this page in Rwandan history deserves to be told more than once, lest history forget.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 31, 2007
Movies about Africa often fall into this trap. Righteous indignation is the exclusive province of non-Africans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
March 30, 2007
Make sure you sit through the credits to learn about the victims who survived and worked on this film ---- extraordinary!
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David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
March 30, 2007
The film chronicles man's inhumanity to man during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, (where) selflessness and selfishness stand side by side ----
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 30, 2007
There's little respite from the terrible history that this film retells just a determination (made stronger by the faces we see after the credits) to tell it, to be sure that history doesn't forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 30, 2007
A compelling drama about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and the moral heroism of a compassionate priest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 29, 2007
A gripping, terrifying, profoundly touching human drama that's definitely worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 29, 2007
A gripping fictionalized account of a 1994 incident in Rwanda that became a shocking emblem of the Rwandan Hutus' mass slaughter of the Tutsis.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
March 23, 2007
By keeping most of the action contained to the school grounds and immediate environs, director Michael Caton-Jones creates a claustrophobic atmosphere where fear can fester.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Medley
March 21, 2007
Instead of the latest major studio flummery, do yourself a favor and see this brilliant, low-budget independent masterpiece, one that educates as well as entertains.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine
March 18, 2007
Director Michael Caton-Jones doesn't go for obvious pathos or simple outrage. He approaches the picture's theme with a documentary realism that, scene by scene, heightens the drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
March 17, 2007
The movie does suggest that Joe's ignorance and sense of privilege, however honorable his intentions, make a dangerous combination.
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
March 17, 2007
By dodging cultural and political specifics in favor of a thriller-lite framework Beyond the Gates ends up serving largely as a tribute to the virtues of hindsight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
March 16, 2007
One of the most remarkable things about Beyond the Gates is its refreshingly positive view of the role that faith can play even in the darkest of times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
March 15, 2007
Tense and gut-wrenching, Beyond the Gates is a horrifying story told with grace and compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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