Cry Freedom Reviews

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July 17, 2019
Attenborough maintains firm control of the narrative, and Cry Freedom is a triumph of dedication.
October 30, 2018
'80s drama about apartheid has violence, language.
June 10, 2011
As a biopic, anti-Apartheid chronicle, the film is mediocre, but the young Denzel Washington is excellent, rendering an Oscar-nominated performance.
July 23, 2008
One of the best films to come out of the 1980s. Simply amazing.
June 19, 2008
Washington does a remarkable job of transforming himself into the articulte and mesmerizing black nationalist leader, whose refusal to keep silent led to his death in police custody and a subsequent coverup.
January 11, 2007
June 8, 2006
A historical document as well as powerful, disturbing drama
February 9, 2006
An implacable work of authority and compassion, Cry Freedom is political cinema at its best.
November 11, 2005
Sincere and movie - but not enough Denzel.
October 15, 2005
June 3, 2005
Often harrowing and naturalistic but ultimately self-important in its indictment of police-state politics.
March 9, 2005
February 3, 2005
December 17, 2003
November 26, 2003
July 10, 2003
One of the best films of 1987 with its searing condemnation of racism and violence in South Africa.
May 20, 2003
These are fine methods for delivering a civics lesson, which to some extent is what the Attenborough approach is all about. But for a film that aspires to entertain as well as educate, they are less helpful.
December 22, 2002
October 25, 2002
July 29, 2002
a Hollywood whitewashing of a potentially explosive story
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