Cape of Good Hope - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Cape of Good Hope Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 21, 2005
I like the spirit of it and some of the performances but [there are] too many cutesy whimsical moments, too many coincidences that just kind of neatly tied things together.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 24, 2006
... there's a temptation to call Cape a South African Crash, but it lacks both complexity and compromised characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 8, 2005
Everyone smiles far too much.
Joshua Tanzer
June 6, 2005
Dog lovers may give Cape of Good Hope an extra star and a half for the way it uses the canine world to slyly comment on the human world. Cat people can go either way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 6, 2005
Schmaltz -- which is not to say it doesn't have disarming charm, for those who like this sort of thing.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
November 5, 2005
The best moments are tender but few and far between; the worst aren't eye-opening but shrill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 11, 2005
The subject matter is much too dark for children, and the tone is not sophisticated enough for adults, so it's hard to know who Mark Bamford had in mind for this awkwardly sentimental drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 13, 2005
The film's strengths are offset by flaws including an excessiveness cutesiness (there are far too many shots of adorable puppies), a tendency toward sentimental cliches and too many jarring shifts in tone.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 16, 2005
The stories are interlinked effectively, and the film strikes an upbeat note yet does not address racism and discrimination. For all its affection toward its characters, however, the film is too long and too slack.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
December 18, 2005
Despite its shortcomings, Cape of Good Hope is a hopeful piece of humanism that is difficult to begrudge too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 5, 2006
A post-apartheid film in which the characters are less concerned with politics than with matters of the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 5, 2006
Around the margins of the story are characters whose behavior is unique.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
March 28, 2007
A socially-relevant and meaningful film from South Africa which supplies plenty of reasons to feel optimistic about humanity's prospects.
| Original Score: 4/4
David Cornelius
August 14, 2006
Cape of Good Hope is a film about people we want so very much to love, people who keep us watching - and keep us smiling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 31, 2005
A wonderful feel-good movie set in contemporary South Africa about dogs and dreams and love that warms the heart and lifts the soul
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 11, 2005
Charming if overlong.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 13, 2006
There's so much Altmanesque activity in the film that even if some storylines temporarily don't work, others keep making up for them.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ronnie Scheib
November 14, 2005
The intertwining of separate story strands is solidly structured, and the different mini-narratives resolved in unsurprising yet satisfying ways.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 2, 2005
It's hopeful but not saccharine, ambitious but only occasionally broad. And the fact that it's set in a country still grappling with the legacy of apartheid makes its good will all the more relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 3, 2005
A South African movie that departs from the political strife of Apartheid - there are still issues of race and class, but they're approached in a more roundabout, accessible way that isn't so in your face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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