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In My Country Reviews

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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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
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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.
| 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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
March 18, 2005
While applauding Boorman's efforts, it's hard to applaud his movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 14, 2005
Noble intentions, some fantastic photography some good performances but I have to give it thumbs down because of all the melodrama.
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March 11, 2005
See In My Country anyway, because it's doubtful we'll get another movie too soon that raises the issue of vengeance versus forgiveness -- and endorses the latter in the name of a nation's spiritual well-being.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 11, 2005
The picture hums with a falsely optimistic Kumbaya vibe, such that its mildness is almost an affront.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
March 11, 2005
Has enough raw, real content to successfully upset viewers.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 11, 2005
The film is thoughtful entertainment, not medicine.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
March 10, 2005
Because Ann Peacock's pedestrian script couldn't make any movie come to life, our interest in these two characters is nil.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 10, 2005
Unfortunately more didactic than dramatic, and although surprises emerge right up to the end, there's precious little suspense, mystery or uncertainty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 10, 2005
John Boorman's high-minded but hopelessly wooden film makes the fatal mistake of turning characters into mouthpieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 10, 2005
Stagy, declamatory and vulgarized by a need to hype inherently dramatic material, In My Country is, like so many movies about the Third World made for Western audiences.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 10, 2005
There is no historical moment so epochal that it cannot be reduced to schlock entertainment in the right hands.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 9, 2005
Just when you thought Hotel Rwanda had rendered obsolete the sort of neocolonial uplift that investigates black trauma through a white person's eyes, along comes In My Country.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
March 8, 2005
Boorman's bathetic tourism is unconscionable for a subject of this magnitude.
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Derek Elley
Variety
March 7, 2005
The combo of cultural cringe and a schematic, didactic screenplay strangles the human emotion.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 18, 2004
The charisma and hard work by his two leads allows Boorman to succeed beyond all expectations.