Half of a Yellow Sun Reviews

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May 15, 2014
Disappointing, a romance pastiche that muddles the politics of the period beyond comprehension.
May 15, 2014
Half of a truth. A generic take on the plight of the wealthy in war just about anywhere. And as a contrived cover for the real issues - how colonialist instigated chaos is always about oil and religion, and how Neo-Crusades in league with NGOs, kick in.
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 12, 2014
It falls into the trappings of middlebrow literary adaptation by finding only sporadic means to convincingly adjudicate the trauma and anguish of its transitory epoch.
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 13, 2014
The road to mediocrity is paved with good intentions ...
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
A valiant, but ultimately disappointing attempt to adapt a sprawling modern literary classic.
April 11, 2014
[A] drab adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's prize-winning novel ...
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 10, 2014
Unfortunately, the film is often stately and sluggish with some very daytime-soapy moments of emotional revelation.
April 10, 2014
Everything seems off-target, minor, as though the story (which is at times unforgivably unclear) isn't being dramatised so much as merely acted out and hurried through.
April 10, 2014
Where the book was expansive in its reach, Bandele's film makes for a rather cramped two hours. Worse, it sometimes appears naggingly detached from the upheavals it is attempting to portray.
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