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In My Country Reviews

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Cole Smithey
April 16, 2009
In spite of narrative missteps that negate the possibility of an empathetic protagonist, "In My Country" does viably introduce the African principle of "Ubuntu" whereby evil transgressions are absolved rather than revenged.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
April 22, 2006
A familiar, superficial lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
July 21, 2005
Points for trying and all, but this particular chapter of South Africa's history deserves a movie a bit more sincere -- and a lot less corny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
June 9, 2005
It shows what can go wrong when a good-intentioned filmmaker mixes historical tragedy with Hollywood banality.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 2, 2005
Intelligent piece that does its job as entertainment. More importantly, it should advance public knowledge about the apartheid government's human rights violations.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 13, 2005
Watching [apartheid victims'] testimony become background noise for Jackson and Binoche's tawdry melodrama is aggravating.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 13, 2005
Its star, Juliette Binoche, may be a fine actress, but she's also very French. And no matter how hard she tries to perfect the tricky Afrikaans accent, she's simply not believable playing a South African poet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
May 9, 2005
I do not question the filmmaker's sincerity, but he has made a flat, uninvolving movie. The road to boredom is paved with good intentions, after all.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2005
...the foxhole relationship that develops between Anna and Langston is completely natural -- up until the point where they fall into bed together.
Read More | Original Score: B-
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 28, 2005
The gripping material is given short thrift in favor of routine melodrama and a love story that has nearly nothing to do with what should be the crux of the story.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
April 23, 2005
There is great material here and ample food for thought, but the presentation is lacking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
April 22, 2005
Ostensibly about the aftermath of apartheid, but the pain of a people serves only as a backdrop for the most contrived of love stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 22, 2005
You feel insulted you're expected to care about the petty problems of the leads when other characters are dealing with child murder, political torture and genocide.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 22, 2005
[E]xhaustingly heartbreaking... An unforgettable film about justice...
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 14, 2005
We want to know more about the stories of real-life South Africans, but the Oscar nominees keep standing right in front of them.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 14, 2005
Is it a docudrama about South Africa's post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings? Or is it love story? The problem with In My Country is that it tries to be both.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
April 11, 2005
Black, white and clunky.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 8, 2005
Need[s] to be seen, as essential history and as demonstration of a form of social reckoning where compassion triumphs over passion, and the olive branch over the gun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 8, 2005
Failing to get beyond trite Hollywood romantic conventions, sermonizing caricatures and 'I was just following orders' explanations does a great disservice to history.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
M.E. Russell
April 8, 2005
A really bad movie about a really important subject is twice the artistic crime -- because, however well-intentioned, it trivializes human suffering while squandering a teaching opportunity.
Read More | Original Score: D
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