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Ghosts of Cité Soleil Reviews

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July 20, 2007
A garbled account of state-aided terror that sheds little light on these dogs of war.
June 27, 2007
Asger Leth's Ghosts of Cité Soleil offers a tour of a notorious, hellish slum in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
June 4, 2007
Its apparent complexity is all visual patchwork.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 27, 2007
This privileged-class filmmaker is so enamored of his romantically outlaw subjects and the woman in-between, his film is just one step removed from "The Real World: Haiti."
June 29, 2007
Shot like a music video, the movie is quick-cutting, glossy and superficial, causing one to wonder about its serious intent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
July 20, 2007
Dark, dreary, depressing documentary
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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
July 3, 2007
Fascinating stuff, but this portrait of these scary 'altar boys' is probably the last thing that Haiti's Board of Tourism wants to see in circulation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 27, 2006
If only due to the access achieved, there has never been anything quite like Asger Leth's film; it's amazing it even exists and that the director is still alive.
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.
July 11, 2007
Cité Soleil is the scariest and most captivating ghost story you'll see this year.
July 20, 2007
Goes beyond front-line journalism to show the men behind the guns.
July 20, 2007
This is as appalling, and viscerally compelling, a documentary as will be released all year.
July 20, 2007
Leth's gritty, haphazardly edited film plays like a music video, with jagged rap sequences interlaced with urgent handheld Super 8-style footage and a stonking shanty-blues soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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
June 29, 2007
Consistently riveting thanks to the sense of sheer terror that infuses its best moments.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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