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Blood Diamond Reviews

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December 8, 2006
Nothing more than chicken soup for international humanitarian crises, an opportunity for Hollywood types to decry the bloody stone trade while reaching for a little Oscar gold.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
December 20, 2006
The very audience most likely to respond to blood and gunfire is least likely to respond to stridently delivered messages.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
As the adage goes, though, the road to hell is paved withgood intentions and BLOOD DIAMOND is nothing if not well intentioned. Unfortunately, it squanders a lot of good will and its message about Sierra Leone, the atrocities committed ... , and the result
Full Review | Original Score: C
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 14, 2006
As responsible as 'Blood Diamond' tries to be, this well-made picture is ultimately an example of misery chic.
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
December 14, 2006
A standard adventure film that tries, somewhat successfully, to be a pointed political expose of the dirty side of the diamond business.
| Original Score: C+
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 28, 2009
Diamonds may be forever, but Blood Diamond hopefully will only last through the Oscar season
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
December 6, 2006
The important African message is diluted into a rather ugly and potentially racist film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
Blood Diamond is a movie zircon. It doesn't cut glass, but it cuts plot, character, and credibility. It could be Hotel Rwanda, but instead it's Motel Deep-Six.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 7, 2006
Kanye West's four-minute song 'Diamonds From Sierra Leone' conveys an anti-diamond message more clearly and effectively than 143 awful minutes of The Blood Diamond.
| Original Score: 1/4
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Despite fine performances, Blood Diamond is an unfortunate disappointment due to heavy handed direction which dilutes its message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 3, 2006
Zwick may as well have titled his newest action-adventure The Constant Gardener II: Diamonds Are Forever, as it peddles the same distasteful, condescending attitudes toward Africa as did Fernando Meirelles' 2005 fiasco.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
The more I see of their work, the more I realise that directors Ed Zwick and Sam Mendes have one thing very sharply in common -- both are filmmakers who make movies that they think are far more important than they actually are.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 7, 2006
The makers this exceptionally foolish thriller starring a most excellent Leonardo DiCaprio, want you to know there may be blood on your hands, specifically your wedding finger.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
OhmyNews.com
December 7, 2006
The characters stop just short of speaking directly to the camera and scolding the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
December 8, 2006
Blood Diamond maintains a certain level of intensity that will certainly stir the soul and perhaps inspire activism. But unfortunately, it also tries a little too hard to convey its message about global conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
December 10, 2006
Blood Diamond presents itself as an action thriller but the genre trappings can't hide the fact that Zwick wants to teach audiences another history lesson and lecture them on political correctness.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 8, 2006
Action and message cancel each other out. To put it another way, this movie wants you to be appalled by the real slaughter of Africans by Africans - which it blames on you - but be entertained by the slaughter of Africans by DiCaprio.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 7, 2006
This is the type of movie that used to star Pierce Brosnan (pre-James Bond) and be sent straight to video... Zwick has added nothing new except to make it longer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Beneath the shocking brutality in Blood Diamond is the story of father searching for his son which, thanks to Mr. Hounsou's work, is nearly worth the price of admission.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 3, 2007
Truly offensive is the film's go-nowhere result, its purported liberal ideologies untapped beyond their potential for speedy, soulless entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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