In My Country Reviews

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June 9, 2005
It shows what can go wrong when a good-intentioned filmmaker mixes historical tragedy with Hollywood banality.
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.
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.
April 11, 2005
Black, white and clunky.
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.
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.
April 2, 2005
An academic dis-cussion punctuated by shots of magnificent countryside harboring unspeakable grief.
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.
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.
April 1, 2005
There is something not quite right about the film itself.
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.
March 31, 2005
A stirring, large-souled movie about an event that was both an exposure of horror and a celebration of forgiveness.
March 25, 2005
It's always a bit sad when a good director takes aim at an important target and misses.
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.
March 18, 2005
While applauding Boorman's efforts, it's hard to applaud his movie.
March 14, 2005
Noble intentions, some fantastic photography some good performances but I have to give it thumbs down because of all the melodrama.
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.
March 11, 2005
The picture hums with a falsely optimistic Kumbaya vibe, such that its mildness is almost an affront.
March 11, 2005
Has enough raw, real content to successfully upset viewers.
March 11, 2005
The film is thoughtful entertainment, not medicine.
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