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Catch a Fire Reviews

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 18, 2006
The spark of the film's sentiments as an ordinary man is motivated to be proactive standing up for right, burns like a flame.
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
November 15, 2006
What Catch A Fire lacks in depth it nearly makes up for in timeliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 6, 2006
Manages to feel dated despite the extreme relevance of the message that one man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
November 6, 2006
While based on a true story ... and featuring several powerful moments, the film is conventional to the point of distraction ...
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
November 6, 2006
An explosive real life screen thriller. Derek Luke gives an Oscar-worthy performance.
| Original Score: 4/5
Tony Medley
November 4, 2006
...tightly-paced thriller,...although the timing and motive of a movie that glorifies terrorism to achieve a political goal is suspect considering what's going on in today's world.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 4, 2006
'Catch a Fire' is a stirring political thriller with charismatic performances and sure-handed direction by Phillip Noyce.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 4, 2006
A true story from apartheid-era South Africa, this moving and inspiring story has a heavy contemporary resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
November 3, 2006
An intensely personal film that effectively reduces its scope to a thrilling, brutal, individual story.
| Original Score: B+
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
November 3, 2006
Noyce surprisingly prefers slick surface treatment to cutting into the bones-deep legacy of South Africa's racial division. Nuanced performances and gripping laments are wasted on a sleek, empty action climax.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Turner
November 2, 2006
This is a gripping political thriller and Derek Luke has 'The New Denzel Washington' written all over him. Highly recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
November 1, 2006
Luke is fine in the lead, proving that his good work in Antoine Fisher was no fluke.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
November 1, 2006
Noyce's film rises on the undeniable aura of authenticity, because his story is based on real events and people. (And actors Tim Robbins and Derek Luke create vivid characters on opposite sides of South Africa's brutal struggle.)
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
November 1, 2006
Given the complexity of Chamusso's own story, Catch a Fire might have benefited from a less-ambiguous villain.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Haddon
Orlando Weekly
November 1, 2006
The narrative resists the grandiosity of Vendetta and the self-righteousness of Syriana.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 1, 2006
Despite Mr. Noyce's attempt to achieve a sense of balance and restraint, the material covers an overly familiar landscape with no special insight or sense of purpose.
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 1, 2006
Catch a Fire ignites, incites and informs as few other movies of the fall do.
| Original Score: 3/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
November 1, 2006
Catch a Fire was shot in South Africa and is well-acted by Luke and Robbins, who give their characters complexity and subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
November 1, 2006
Catch A Fire is an interesting combo of biopic and political thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 1, 2006
Catch a Fire is confident enough to depict the battle from all sides.
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