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Hotel Rwanda Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 7, 2005
The great strength of Hotel Rwanda is that it's not about superhuman heroism but simply about human decency.
January 7, 2005
The almost forgotten but all too real African genocide documented in Hotel Rwanda hits us as suddenly and as hard as it does Paul Rusesabagina, the accidental hero played so masterfully by Don Cheadle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 7, 2005
It has a genuine power: the ability of film to beam light onto dark days of history, making it impossible for us to look away, reminding us of what we should never forget.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 7, 2005
What makes the film not just harrowing but transcendent is Cheadle. He does nothing traditionally heroic. He just presents a picture of basic decency, showing how, when combined with courage, decency can result in an awe- inspiring moral steadfastness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 7, 2005
All we can do is hope that films such as Hotel Rwanda remind us all -- moviegoer and politician -- of the terrible cost of doing nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 7, 2005
A film that uses the comfort of the predictable to make horror palatable to a wider audience.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 7, 2005
Because of the subject matter, this feels like one of those films you see because it's good for you. But it also is an extraordinarily moving drama.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 7, 2005
There is much to respect in Hotel Rwanda, not least Cheadle's subtly crafted performance, which allows the audience a direct connection to his ethical growth.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 7, 2005
If Hotel Rwanda does nothing more than provoke the obvious questions of 'How did this happen?' and 'How can we prevent it from happening again?' it has, like the hotelier who refuses to consider himself a hero, done its job.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 7, 2005
The film serves as reminder and educator for those who've forgotten or never knew about the situation in Rwanda.
Read More | Original Score: B
January 7, 2005
A story so powerful it can't help but speak to both the heart and the conscience.
Read More | Original Score: B+
January 7, 2005
The world stayed out of Rwanda for fear of doing an imperfect job. Bold filmmakers are at their best when they mature beyond that kind of paralysis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 7, 2005
Cheadle gives one of the best performances (if not the best) of last year -- an Oscar-worthy portrait of a man who kept his head clear and his humanity intact in the midst of a man-made hell.
Read More | Original Score: A-
January 7, 2005
The twofold agenda in Hotel Rwanda is to commemorate what Paul Rusesabagina did and to shame each and every Westerner who sees the movie. On both of those counts it is successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 6, 2005
[The movie] sweeps over you with blunt, unequivocal conviction.
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 6, 2005
A gut-punch of a drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 6, 2005
A must-see for teens (and adults, for that matter) who know the Rwanda massacre as but a distant headline.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 6, 2005
A horrifying yet compelling story of man's inhumanity to man.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 6, 2005
It's simultaneously haunting and inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 5, 2005
Hotel Rwanda is a strange history lesson that leaves us more overlectured than properly overwhelmed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 30, 2004
The film defines how, using cunning and courage, a person can change the course of history -- and stand up to the inhumanity in our midst.
December 27, 2004
Don Cheadle takes his rightful place among America's greatest actors in Hotel Rwanda.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 24, 2004
It's a great story. But it's Cheadle who makes the movie really special, delivering a memorable and utterly convincing portrayal of a truly good man.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 23, 2004
The most truly inspiring movie of the year.
December 22, 2004
One of the year's most moving and powerful films, anchored by a magnificent performance by Don Cheadle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 22, 2004
It does portray, brilliantly, the transformation of one man, as he moved from servant to saint. And it gives the lie -- 1,268 times over -- to the belief that one person can't make a difference.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 22, 2004
Cheadle affects a flawless Rwandan accent and gives a performance that should shame every UN member who voted to ignore the Rwandan Tutsis' pleas.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2004
The film works not because the screen is filled with meaningless special effects, formless action and vast digital armies, but because Cheadle, Nolte and the filmmakers are interested in how two men choose to function in an impossible situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 21, 2004
Hotel Rwanda is a political thriller based on fact that hammers every button on the emotional console.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 21, 2004
Not only did it give me a better-rounded perspective on the Rwandan tragedy, but it introduced me to a modern hero who stood against tyranny and oppression at the risk of losing all that was dear to him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 21, 2004
Cheadle, whose Rusesabagina is both heroic and psychologically complex, is never less than utterly believable.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 21, 2004
It's a gut-twisting story handled, largely and predictably, with asbestos mitts.
December 20, 2004
Perhaps the best movie of the year, worthy of multiple Academy Award nominations.
December 16, 2004
Hooks viewers by having us ride shotgun to Paul's awakening consciousness.
December 15, 2004
Despite flaws in execution, this is a film of rare courage and imperishable heart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2004
I can hardly think of another movie in which sheer intelligence and decency have been made to seem so attractive or effective.
September 14, 2004
Both tough and tender, the movingly rendered production often strikes a devastating chord without resorting to any of the manipulative string-pulling known to accompany movies about 'men who made a difference.'