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Ghosts of Cité Soleil Reviews

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June 26, 2008
Packs an emotional punch, but that only partly makes up for the lack of a good story
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 22, 2007
Besides anti-Aristide diatribes mouthed a little too much on cue by these hooligans, there's also a French female relief worker mostly providing sexual relief to a gabby gangster. Not to mention 'relief worker' often as Third World code word for CIA spy.
August 31, 2007
Ghosts of Cite Soleil is a curiously unfocused, rambling film that never really settles on exactly what it wants to say or exactly which stories it wants to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 31, 2007
Leth ... gets us so close to life in Cité Soleil that we practically can hear the bullets and smell the garbage.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 24, 2007
There's an immediacy to Ghosts of the Cite Soleil that's exceedingly rare for a documentary of any stripe.
Read More | Original Score: B
August 17, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 10, 2007
More horrific than any tale from the crypt Hollywood could conceive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 9, 2007
Dutch director Leth is so enamored of the ugliness of it all that he doesn't even try to penetrate the noisy bravado that obscures the patches of truth that lie beneath the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: D
July 28, 2007
The ultra-violence of this microcosm [gang] society is what Ghosts is all about.
July 22, 2007
This flashy looking documentary scored by Haitian singer Wyclef Jean is such a frightening inside look at a poverty stricken society ruled by violence that it is a marvel that it got made.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 20, 2007
Goes beyond front-line journalism to show the men behind the guns.
July 20, 2007
Intimate and terrifying, at points almost expressionistic and surreal, this is never less than a nerve-shredding experience. It even includes an (improbable) love story.
| Original Score: 3/5
July 20, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 20, 2007
A garbled account of state-aided terror that sheds little light on these dogs of war.
July 20, 2007
While Leth's guerrilla-style documentary is gripping to watch, it isn't particularly well-structured and constantly loses focus
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 20, 2007
With a film this frenzied and passionate, it is difficult to tell just what's going on for a sizeable chunk of the running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 20, 2007
Dark, dreary, depressing documentary
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
July 20, 2007
Captured at hair-raisingly close quarters by the fearless filmmakers, the sense of lawlessness grabs the throat and haunts the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 20, 2007
This is as appalling, and viscerally compelling, a documentary as will be released all year.
July 20, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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