Hotel Rwanda

2004, Drama, 2h 1m

192 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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A sobering and heartfelt tale about massacre that took place in Rwanda while most of the world looked away. Read critic reviews

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Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), a Hutu, manages the Hôtel des Mille Collines and lives a happy life with his Tutsi wife (Sophie Okonedo) and their three children. But when Hutu military forces initiate a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Tutsi minority, Paul is compelled to allow refugees to take shelter in his hotel. As the U.N. pulls out, Paul must struggle alone to protect the Tutsi refugees in the face of the escalating violence later known as the Rwandan genocide.

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  • Mar 01, 2015
    The film is powerful and moving, but that's got more to do with knowing the horrible events actually took place -- not because of anything special about the film making (other than possibly Cheadle's understated Paul). Cheadle's acting was exceptional, and everyone else was good with the notable exception of Nolte who played his role as if he were a caricature of a gruff-but-lovable military careerist. It's worth seeing to remind yourself that this genocide really happened and the rest of the world really didn't care that much.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2013
    The film failed to engage me, I was told that it will make you cry, but I was unconvinced with the performance nor the direction. Sure, it's a sad story about the African genocide in Rwanda, but just because it's about a sad true story, doesn't make it a good film. Like everyone else, I do not care. The only part that I enjoy about the film is that the UN was portrayed accurately as they are: Useless in every single way, they only threaten other countries, but cannot do a single thing in combat. In conclusion, if you want to watch something that will make you cry, this is not the film for you.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2013
    Cheadle's role as Paul Rusesabagina, the Oskar Schnidler of Rwanda is spot on. Rwanda remains a tragedy that the world was ultimately responsible for letting go by the wayside.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2013
    Don't get me wrong, this is a decent film, but it's way longer than it needs to be. I found myself getting extremely bored despite the interesting story. What I really didn't like about this movie is that it has a lot of loose ends, characters, mini stories, and plots that really don't go anywhere. This wouldn't be a problem, except that this happens like a dozen times. Some aspects of the story are horribly explained as well, which just makes a lot of the storyline confusing. Still a great story of individual heroism in a time of pure insanity and evil, but I just don't really like how it's told in this film.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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