Cry Freedom Reviews

July 17, 2019
Attenborough maintains firm control of the narrative, and Cry Freedom is a triumph of dedication.
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.
February 9, 2006
An implacable work of authority and compassion, Cry Freedom is political cinema at its best.
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.
January 1, 2000
Biko was unflappable, logical and witty in life, and Washington conveys that solidity onscreen.
January 1, 2000
In a country busier than Chile with oppression, violence and subjugation, the story of Woods' slow awakening is certainly not the most exciting, or revealing.
January 1, 2000
For the first half of this movie... Interesting things were happening, the performances were good and it is always absorbing to see how other people live. Most of the second half of the movie, alas, is taken up with routine clock-and-dagger stuff.