Hotel Rwanda

2004, Drama, 2h 1m

194 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.

Cast & Crew

Don Cheadle
Paul Rusesabagina
Sophie Okonedo
Tatiana Rusesabagina
Nick Nolte
Colonel Oliver
Fana Mokoena
General Augustin Bizimungo
Cara Seymour
Pat Archer
Mosa Kaiser
Paul's Daughter
Hal Sadoff
Executive Producer
Martin Katz
Executive Producer
Duncan Reid
Executive Producer
Rupert Gregson-Williams
Original Music
Andrea Guerra
Original Music
Robert Fraisse
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Johnny Breedt
Production Design
Tony Burrough
Production Design
Emma MacDevitt
Art Direction
Ruy Filipe
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Critic Reviews for Hotel Rwanda

All Critics (194) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (176) | Rotten (18)

  • Cheadle, in his richest role since Devil in a Blue Dress, burrows deep inside this complex man, who discovers in himself a strength he never knew he possessed as he faces the disillusion of all the "civilized" notions he believes in.

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
  • There's a tidiness and sense of convenience in the film's stock characterisations and button-pushing plotting that detracts from its impact. The film doesn't just contrive to contain the slaughter, but also its own anger.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Who cares about overdone orchestral blasts or signpost-waving lines of dialogue when such raw, naked, painful humanity is displayed by Don Cheadle in the central role?

    April 1, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Cheadle has an Oscar nomination for best actor. But this isn't a grandstanding portrayal: it is a performance at the service of the work.

    January 17, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Showing traces of the well-meaning paternalism that dogs many Western films about Africa, Hotel Rwanda doesn't go far enough in indicting Europeans and Americans for protecting their own while failing to intervene in time to stop the mass killings.

    September 26, 2005
  • Incapable of honestly confronting its ugly subject matter.

    May 4, 2005 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Cheadle, in his richest role since Devil in a Blue Dress, burrows deep inside this complex man, who discovers in himself a strength he never knew he possessed as he faces the disillusion of all the "civilized" notions he believes in.

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
  • There's a tidiness and sense of convenience in the film's stock characterisations and button-pushing plotting that detracts from its impact. The film doesn't just contrive to contain the slaughter, but also its own anger.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Who cares about overdone orchestral blasts or signpost-waving lines of dialogue when such raw, naked, painful humanity is displayed by Don Cheadle in the central role?

    April 1, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Cheadle has an Oscar nomination for best actor. But this isn't a grandstanding portrayal: it is a performance at the service of the work.

    January 17, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Don Cheadle absolutely, 100% deserves the Oscar for Best Actor.

    September 11, 2020 | Rating: 4.0/4.0 | Full Review…
  • Remarkably, the director Terry George and his co-writer Keir Pearson have pulled it off, rooting the big picture of anonymous murder in one small precise close-up.

    February 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hotel Rwanda

  • 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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