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A Dry White Season Reviews

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September 28, 2015
The tough-minded A Dry White Season is the best film yet about the struggle for justice in South Africa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 28, 2015
Searing, powerful and eye-opening.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 28, 2015
This film is unblinking in its depiction of the most violent side of apartheid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 28, 2015
A Dry White Season tries very hard to attack apartheid in an intelligent, hard-hitting way, but it too fails to reach the level of audience involvement it seeks.
September 28, 2015
This movie, directed by a black Martiniquan, Euzhan Palcy, is far more effective [than Cry Freedom] at keeping black actors -- and the essential problem of South Africa -- onscreen.
September 28, 2015
That story, unfortunately, is frequently sidetracked as the movie turns instead to gratuitous star cameos by Marlon Brandon and Susan Sarandon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 28, 2015
This is filmmaking meant to engage the heart -- and other visceral organs -- more than the mind; its effects are simple, broad and directly put.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 28, 2015
Its heart is in the right place; its technique is pedestrian.
May 25, 2015
This adaptation has its flaws, but what lingers is insulated Ben's inaction so juxtaposed with the persecution of Jonathan and then his father. The white man's willful ignorance doesn't just sustain but perpetuates a systemic, brutal, savage racism.
October 7, 2012
The relentless plot is effectively set up and expertly pursued, and Hugh Masekela makes some striking contributions to Dave Grusin's musical score.
October 7, 2012
A polemic against South African apartheid, this may not meet criteria for "great" filmmaking, but director Euzhan Palcy's film succeeds in being significant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 7, 2012
It's filled with obvious, earnest performances--Marlon Brando's ironic and subtle one is the only exception--and unresonant writing.
October 7, 2012
A thumpingly didactic script, but Palcy has crafted a watchable - if not particularly important, given its competition - one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 6, 2010
A wrenching picture about South Africa that makes no expedient compromises with feel-good entertainment values, A Dry White Season displays riveting performances and visceral style.
May 7, 2007
Tells about the political awakenings in 1976 to apartheid in South Africa.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 26, 2006
Whites debating racial injustice: fine for a book published in Afrikaans a decade ago, but a poor premise for a message movie.
November 12, 2005
...a powerful examination of the effects of Apartheid on a privileged white man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 15, 2005
Late career Brando is so-so drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 10, 2003
Depicts one Afrikaner's journey toward moral responsibility in South Africa.
May 24, 2003
It's not Cry Freedom, nor is it A World Apart, but there are some fine performances, particularly from Brando as the world-weary lawyer prosecuting the killer.
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