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Catch a Fire Reviews

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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
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
Eric D. Snider
October 26, 2006
Both men are ordinary, flawed characters, neither of them grand or outsize enough to warrant biopic treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
October 18, 2006
Attempts to explain anti-Apartheid terrorism by a reluctant true-life hero and conflicted torturer.
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Todd McCarthy
September 13, 2006
Stories of resistance to oppression will never become obsolete, but this feels like a picture that should have been made a long time ago.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 26, 2006
The director Phillip Noyce revisits the ordeal of an ordinary black South African who became a foot soldier in the war against apartheid.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 26, 2006
The film never strays much beyond the obvious.
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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.
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
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
October 11, 2006
Preachy to a fault and culminating in a treacly message.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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+
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 26, 2006
The movie is poorly made -- both too simple and too opaque.
| Original Score: C
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 27, 2006
Phillip Noyce's Catch a Fire shares its name with the classic Bob Marley record. The record is better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 27, 2006
Although Catch a Fire was clearly done for the right reasons, the movie dissipates its own tensions.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Cabin
October 26, 2006
The villains are clearly marked, but never with enough nuance or design to make them memorable, while the heroes are flawed but not to the point of challenging archetypes.
| Original Score: 2/5
James O'Ehley
SA Movie & DVD Magazine
January 10, 2007
Actually serves as little else but agitprop for South Africa's ruling party . . .
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
October 26, 2006
The action, political intrigue and marital tensions (which prove critical as the story unfolds) never quite coalesce into a compelling whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 30, 2006
Had it been released twenty years ago, it would have had a better chance of catching on with audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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