Half of a Yellow Sun Reviews

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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.
September 8, 2017
An ambitious film worthy of attention, regrettably it doesn't come together quite as powerfully as you'd hope.
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 10, 2014
Like many a lengthy novel, it might have worked better as a television series.
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.
May 23, 2014
The audience's attachment to and investment in these people lend powerful intimacy to the large scale epic trappings.
May 14, 2014
A film compromised to some extent by its emphasizing of human melodrama rather than social and political issues that figure in the novel it is based on. But it still a gripping story about people caught up in a civil war sadly typical of Africa today.
May 13, 2014
Half of a Yellow Sun strikes an admirable balance between drama and history.
May 12, 2014
Timely and epic, if a bit scattershot in its approach to recent Nigerian history
May 11, 2014
A steamy soap opera unfolding against the backdrop of a cautionary history lesson reminding us that in Nigeria, the more things change, the more they stay insane.
April 11, 2014
Occasionally powerful but choppy drama set during the atrocity-strewn Nigerian civil war of the 1960s.
April 11, 2014
Ejiofor's role might not be as gruelling as his turn in 12 Years a Slave but he gives a nuanced and powerful performance as another character whose certainties about his life are undermined by brute circumstance.
April 11, 2014
12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is on top form in this Nigerian Civil War drama.
April 11, 2014
The film is elevated by committed performances, and Bandele stages set-pieces, like a wedding under shellfire, with cinematic flair.
April 11, 2014
Strongly played by all four leads, Half of a Yellow Sun is sumptuous and enjoyable, but there is just too much paint in this story for the canvas provided.
April 11, 2014
Oh what a lovely film! As romance and history, this is by turns funny and tragic, suspenseful and celebratory, and never less than solidly entertaining.
April 10, 2014
A sweeping melodrama that needed a bigger budget but this is still a moving tale.
April 9, 2014
This well-acted adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's award-winning novel starts like a college soap opera, before turning into a Nigerian Gone with the Wind.
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