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Beyond the Gates Reviews

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 7, 2007
The greatest failure of the film is its inability to enter into the lives of the Rwandans, Tutsi and Hutu alike.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 5, 2007
In spite of heartfelt performances from John Hurt and Hugh Dancy, director Michael Caton-Jones ("Scandal") keeps an arm's distance from his volatile subject and fails to expand on an epic tragedy that is being replicated in places like Darfur.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 24, 2005
For all its righteous (and rightful) anger, Shooting Dogs is itself a curiously detached and compromised experience, unfolding stubbornly from the perspective of its white characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 28, 2007
Despite a true story that generates powerful feelings of rage and insult, and for all its worthy intentions, the film lacks a dramatic craftsman to make it fully engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Foundas
Variety
September 29, 2005
Shooting Dogs falls into the trap of filtering an inherently African story through the eyes of a noble white protagonist.
Xan Brooks
Guardian
April 1, 2006
Where Hotel Rwanda was slick and professional, Shooting Dogs is both more earnest and more awkward.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 7, 2007
I think Beyond the Gates is an important film, and it's too bad that it's not a very good one.
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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
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
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 15, 2007
No one would call Beyond the Gates subtle filmmaking. But the Rwandan crisis hardly calls for delicate handling, and this impassioned movie, fueled by genuine outrage, is one from the heart of director Michael Caton-Jones.
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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
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
March 6, 2007
Treads similar territory as Hotel Rwanda but successfully fills-in the blanks. A fine and welcome addition to the recent wave of African dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 12, 2007
Director Michael Caton-Jones does a great job and John Hurt just absolutely carries the day as the moral center of the story.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
March 8, 2007
at its center is a core of bitter outrage that will leave at least some viewers in stunned, heart-stopping dismay by the time the lights go up
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 2, 2007
Not a definitive cinematic statement on the Rwandan genocide but certainly a far preferable dramatic treatment of the atrocity than Hotel Rwanda.
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
March 12, 2007
A relentlessly-grim reminder of how the world simply watched when it would have been so easy to put an end to the madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 9, 2007
Convincingly revisits the horror of 1994's civil war in Rwanda.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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