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In My Country Reviews

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
April 8, 2005
Worth seeing for many reasons, including for the obvious educational aspects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 7, 2005
...a dull and surprisingly silly little drama...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
April 7, 2005
An atmosphere of stilted self-importance chokes just about every scene.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
April 2, 2005
Important for what it teaches about revenge, justice and forgiveness. But you'll have to ignore the goofiness.
Top Critic
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 2, 2005
An academic dis-cussion punctuated by shots of magnificent countryside harboring unspeakable grief.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 1, 2005
A series of brief, appallingly simplistic vignettes that, rather than conveying the depth and complexity of South Africa's history and culture, distill it to the point of distortion.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 1, 2005
Watching it is like drinking a glass of Alka-Seltzer before the tablet is dissolved. Afterward, you're glad you drank it -- it wasn't that hard to swallow -- but you would've preferred a nice chardonnay.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 1, 2005
There is something not quite right about the film itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 1, 2005
Unquestionably sincere, but it doesn't do the subject justice in either the African or the western sense of the phrase.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
March 31, 2005
Captivating while it lasts, and exceeds the majority of the year's lackluster cinematic offerings in terms both of ambition and execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 31, 2005
What do you say about a dramatically woeful movie whose heart and politics are in the right place? Well, you sigh as you turn your thumb downward.
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 31, 2005
As an instrument for peace, let's applaud Boorman's effort. As a film that works on all levels? Let's not.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 31, 2005
A stirring, large-souled movie about an event that was both an exposure of horror and a celebration of forgiveness.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
March 31, 2005
High-minded and tin-eared, it finds one of our greatest blood-poets staggering around "forgiveness," unable to suss out a visual vocabulary for this strange, new language.
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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
March 30, 2005
Stories of Apartheid deserve to be heard, but that doesn't automatically make this a good film
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 25, 2005
It's always a bit sad when a good director takes aim at an important target and misses.
| Original Score: C
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 24, 2005
Jackson appears uncomfortable in his role, the scenes leading up to his romantic involvement are strangely unconvincing and the arc of both characters' emotional and political growth is choppy and contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today
March 24, 2005
[Seems] less interested in South Africa and more interested in whether the journalists ... will suffer nervous breakdowns or run into the desert for a torrid love affair.
| Original Score: 2/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 20, 2005
...[a] well-meaning but uneven and sanctimonious melodrama...the film cannot withstand its manipulative and melancholy lapses
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 18, 2005
The film, an international co-production about the aftermath of South African apartheid, has won peace awards and comes with a thumbs up from Nelson Mandela himself, none of which make its contrivances easier to swallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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