Hotel Rwanda Reviews

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July 6, 2010
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.
Top Critic
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?
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.
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.
May 4, 2005
Incapable of honestly confronting its ugly subject matter.
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…
February 22, 2005
The emotion comes from Don Cheadle's thrilling portrait of ordinary heroism, a performance that's matched only by the magnificent Sophie Okonedo as his wife Tatiana.
January 16, 2005
Scrappy, powerful, and shocking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 7, 2005
A film that uses the comfort of the predictable to make horror palatable to a wider audience.
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.
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.
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.
January 7, 2005
The film serves as reminder and educator for those who've forgotten or never knew about the situation in Rwanda.
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