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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
Fred Topel
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 8, 2006
A story of bigotry, hatred, rebellion, forgiveness and finally, healing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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.
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+
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
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