Ghosts of Cité Soleil


Ghosts of Cité Soleil

Critics Consensus

Asger Leth risked his life to bring audiences this rare and gritty glimpse at Haitian gangs, poverty and politics.



Total Count: 53


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"Ghosts of Cite Soleil" captures life and death during the last months of Jean-Bertrand Aristide's regime. In Port-au-Prince's most desperately poor and dangerous neighborhoods, heavily armed street gangs known as chimeres (ghosts) serve as the regime's enforcers, trampling on the legal authority and terrorizing the political opposition. But a new, more brutal counter-revolution may soon end their regime.


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Critic Reviews for Ghosts of Cité Soleil

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (20)

  • Ghosts of Cite Soleil is too brief and limited in scope to provide a complete picture of Haiti's turbulent history, but its images of how so many of its citizens live and die on a daily basis -- is both heartbreaking and unforgettable.

    Aug 17, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • More horrific than any tale from the crypt Hollywood could conceive.

    Aug 10, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ted Fry

    Seattle Times
    Top Critic
  • Goes beyond front-line journalism to show the men behind the guns.

    Jul 20, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Leth shows us the horrendous nature of the period but fails to provide much necessary political analysis, without which it is even more deeply depressing than it might have been.

    Jul 20, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • This deeply questionable movie presents itself as a documentary. Actually it is hardly more than an exploitative gangsta rap video about the worst slums of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. Leth's movie is politically and morally illiterate.

    Jul 20, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The tone of the movie is excessively in thrall to its admittedly charismatic subjects.

    Jul 20, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ghosts of Cité Soleil

  • Oct 20, 2009
    Its funny how you can have all the power & somebody can come in out of nowhere & just take it from you
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2008
    Extraordinary access to the documentary subjects allows a frightening world to come to life.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2007
    haunting, stunning, and as real as it gets. i had a spiritual expirience watching this film that cannot be described with words, one of the most impactful films i have ever seen. this is the sort of film that reminds people that the world is a horrible place for many who live in it. a film about fear, suffering, anxiety, and death, this is 85 of the most impactful minutes a person can expirience watching a movie. this film left me heartbroken.
    danny d Super Reviewer

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