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Hotel Rwanda Reviews

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September 24, 2010
Like "Schindler's List," "Hotel Rwanda" shows how the madness of genocide and war converted one man's context of wealth and success from capitalism to humanitarianism. Don Cheadle honors Paul Rusesabagina by tapping his brave face and internal rage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 16, 2009
Don Cheadle gives a beautifully restrained tour de force performance as a singular voice of reason at the epicenter of writer/director Terry George's depiction of Rwanda's outbreak of genocide in 1994 when Hutu militias slaughtered one million Tutsis with
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 7, 2007
This is a solid film, but it is the truth that holds the power, not the direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 14, 2007
The film belongs to Don Cheadle as Paul and, not surprisingly, he walks away with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 5, 2007
The filmmakers want to respect history and not exploit it as so much slasher movie fodder.
Full Review | Original Score: 75/100
November 1, 2006
Cheadle is outstanding in his first major lead role, one where he is present during practically every important moment in this story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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June 24, 2006
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.
April 1, 2006
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 17, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 6, 2005
In 2004, with Darfur burning and Congo smouldering, has anything really changed?
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 8, 2005
...disappointingly conventional [but] an important film nevertheless...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
June 16, 2005
The film is an overwhelming, sad, and heartfelt achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 7, 2005
The fact-based story it tells of instinctual heroism in the face of unspeakable horror is powerful enough to overcome its flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 2, 2005
As powerful as the movie was, Don Cheadle was better.
May 2, 2005
Here, now, is the true face of human barbarity, and the true face of human heroism. Not in the now-distant mythology of World War II…
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 17, 2005
Director Terry George takes his screenplay, which he co-wrote with Keir Pearson, and turns it into a south African "Schindler's List".
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 12, 2005
One of the most disturbing films in recent memory.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 13, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 12, 2005
Oscar-nominated, Cheadle and Okonedo are the film's impressive heart. Despite the madness around them, both are never less than believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 9, 2005
Don Cheadle's eyes have an openness and depth like Martin Sheen's in Apocalypse Now: they're the lens through which we can watch this incredible war.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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