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Catch a Fire Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
March 10, 2011
It doesn't quite have the adrenaline to be a great thriller, but Catch a Fire makes up for it with compelling characters and a genuinely important theme, skillfully told. There's not much else you can ask from a film than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Gritty apartheid drama pushes PG-13 limits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 7, 2010
If Derek Luke's performance is anything to go by, than we might just have the next great actor of this generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
September 19, 2009
Movies like Catch a Fire are perhaps the most banal sort to write about.
Full Review | Original Score: 42/100
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
July 2, 2009
Noyce is now the favorite filmmaker of your local Amnesty International
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007 the credits rolled, I did hope for more.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Beverly Berning
April 23, 2007
Let us hope that Noyce's influence in Hollywood will help give this film the attention it deserves, and that his newfound activism will have some effect.
Neil Smith
March 30, 2007
Sadly, it's all a bit of a Boer about 20 years past its sell-by date and tells us little we didn't know already.Catch a Fire's sluggishly paced plot refuses to come
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Arendt
March 23, 2007
Featuring excllent performances from Luke and Robbins, Catch A Fire is a mature, thought provoking film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
March 23, 2007
At its best when making the most of the conflicts at the heart of apartheid.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
March 21, 2007
Revolutionary struggle in a film uniquely focused on an ordinary but remarkable man.
Helen O'Hara
Empire Magazine
March 19, 2007
An intelligent thriller that effectively conveys the message that terrorism, even in apartheid-era South Africa, is rarely a black-and-white issue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 9, 2007
Noyce's blockbuster tour of duty has equipped him with the skills to bring some of the 20th century's most resonant stories to the masses, dressed in the lean gloss of satisfying thrillers.
Katey Rich
Film Journal International
February 6, 2007
What biopics and issue-driven films could be if they had the guts to go beyond the easy answers.
James O'Ehley
SA Movie & DVD Magazine
January 10, 2007
Actually serves as little else but agitprop for South Africa's ruling party . . .
Jordan Hiller
December 31, 2006
The danger with films like Catch a Fire is that it wields the past purposefully as propaganda without tipping off the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kam Williams
Final Call
December 28, 2006
Apartheid revisited, less as a repugnant racist ideology than as an ethically ambivalent philosophy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 8, 2006
A story of bigotry, hatred, rebellion, forgiveness and finally, healing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 28, 2006
Though it was earnest in its heartfelt message, the film was not remarkable enough to make it memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
November 26, 2006
A well-made and aggravating (in a good way) character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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