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Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema Reviews

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
July 7, 2010
rags-to-riches tale cut from the same cloth as City of God, Goodfellas and Scarface.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
July 6, 2010
Writer-director Ralph Ziman strings it all together with slick competence, but given that leading man Rapulana Seiphemo does a persuasive line in moral ambiguity, it's disappointing that the proceedings too often default to glib shoot-'em-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mike Hale
New York Times
June 11, 2010
It's easy to overlook the formulas and just enjoy the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 11, 2010
The opening credits of Gangster's Paradise note that it was "inspired by real events." It would be more accurate to say that the film was inspired by Brian De Palma's Scarface and similar fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 10, 2010
Startlingly original, if occasionally overambitious. This is Tsotsi without the feel-good glow, a tale of entrepreneurship's perils and boundless pleasures.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
June 8, 2010
Though South Africa's racial strife is frequently invoked, sociopolitical inquiry takes a backseat to creaky gangster-cinema tropes.