Half of a Yellow Sun Reviews

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June 11, 2019
There's nothing terrible about Half of a Yellow Sun, but not much good either. A powerful novel has been neutered.
June 7, 2019
Overall, it's a fascinating slice of modern history that may be unfamiliar to some, which can also give us an insight into the making of contemporary Nigeria.
March 10, 2019
Half Of A Yellow Sun is a compelling drama [that] ( ... ) form[s] a timeless tribute to the resistance of the human spirit in the face of war time struggle.
December 31, 2017
Director Biyi Bandele adapted the book, which was superb and gut-wrenching, but the film turns turgid and shies away from showing the true horrors of the war and is the poorer for it.
September 8, 2017
An ambitious film worthy of attention, regrettably it doesn't come together quite as powerfully as you'd hope.
September 6, 2017
A case of laudable ambition collapsed into episodic box-ticking.
October 2, 2014
The plot goes everywhere and nowhere, coming across as a disconnected series of events rather than a unified whole. Ejiofor and Newton offer solid but unexceptional performances, as though hampered by the director's lack of vision.
August 7, 2014
Biyi Bandele has excerpted their story from a much wider-ranging narrative, but the action here is still so tightly compressed that this feels like a precis for a movie twice its length.
July 31, 2014
The best of the movie finds a way to abridge the novel and still allow the scenes to breathe.
July 30, 2014
The actors shine: Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Anika Noni Rose are all splendidly in their moment.
July 18, 2014
Despite fine performances by Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the clich-riddled "Yellow Sun" burns cold.
July 10, 2014
Like many a lengthy novel, it might have worked better as a television series.
July 10, 2014
"Half of a Yellow Sun" winds up being one of those movies in which a pesky event of great historical import keeps getting in the way of a soap-opera romance.
June 19, 2014
The result is that melodramatic soap opera elements win out over Bandele's attempts at stirring historical drama. That said, it's still a story worth telling.
June 2, 2014
A well-intentioned historical drama that gets caught up in the undertow of mawkish melodrama early on, never to fully recover.
May 30, 2014
"Half of a Yellow Sun" deals with human tragedy, but it never really makes a human connection.
May 23, 2014
The audience's attachment to and investment in these people lend powerful intimacy to the large scale epic trappings.
May 23, 2014
It's just not stirring enough as historical drama.
May 18, 2014
Transporting, well acted, and occasionally powerful. It's also a rushed, maddening mess.
May 15, 2014
A well-acted, finely wrought epic that nevertheless struggles to balance the requirements of melodrama with its drive to capture a historical moment.
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