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Hotel Rwanda Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 19, 2005
The characters are cardboardish and even the uplifting moments of rescue seem antiseptic and set up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Incapable of honestly confronting its ugly subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Alan Dale
January 10, 2005
When I say that I would happily watch Cheadle and Okonedo in anything ... I don't mean more movies like Hotel Rwanda.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 21, 2004
It's a gut-twisting story handled, largely and predictably, with asbestos mitts.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 5, 2005
Hotel Rwanda is a strange history lesson that leaves us more overlectured than properly overwhelmed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 6, 2005
If [Schindler's List] had never been made, Hotel Rwanda might seem better than it does, and probably better than it is.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
December 3, 2004
... the "devil in the detail" prevents George ... from delivering a more searing condemnation of those who, through [murder] or willful blindness, allowed the slaughter ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
December 3, 2004
Not recommended.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 17, 2010
potentially fantastic material...unfortunately, [Terry] George's attempt is too mired in movie-of-the-week do any justice to its subject matter
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
January 24, 2005
The best scenes are the ones that show the chaos of what was happening....Unfortunately such scenes are too few.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
November 13, 2004
Terry George's Hotel Rwanda takes a cue less from history than it does from Schindler's List.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 7, 2005
The subject is crucially important, but the movie dilutes its impact with by-the-numbers filmmaking, and Cheadle's one-note performance displays few of his acting gifts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 15, 2005
the film fits easily into the Hollywood mold, in which trauma is dealt with best by a resourceful, individual hero
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
December 20, 2004
A slightly better, slightly more expensive version of something you'd see as a television movie of the week.
| Original Score: 6/10
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Scott Foundas
January 6, 2005
[A] flat, cramped staging which, combined with d.p. Robert Fraisse's harsh overlighting, gives the film the feel of a cheap backlot production, even though it was shot on location.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 7, 2005
A film that uses the comfort of the predictable to make horror palatable to a wider audience.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 15, 2005
Reduces the unthinkable tragedy to a banal TV disaster movie replete with narrow escapes, tears, and embraces.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 26, 2005
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.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
December 19, 2004
Takes your breath away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 14, 2005
Move past the big picture, of race hatred, arbitrary maps and guilt over what the UN and the West can't or won't do, and find the human story within the inhumanity of war.
| Original Score: 4/5
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