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Munyurangabo Reviews

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August 26, 2009
You wouldn't think a movie with so many cultural elements to draw on would have to steal from Disney.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 23, 2016
Earnest and slow, the film takes time to reveal its intentions and the result is worthy but not engaging.
August 23, 2016
It's an authentically beautiful film.
October 5, 2009
Compared to "Munyurangabo," admirable films like Terry George's "Hotel Rwanda" or Michael Caton-Jones' "Shooting Dogs" seem like so much heavy-handed melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
July 23, 2009
It is in every frame a beautiful and powerful film -- a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 23, 2016
The result is an achingly authentic film, as stirring as it is relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 30, 2009
A compelling, provocative and well-nuanced drama that's also refreshingly unpretentious and quietly engrossing.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.25/10
May 27, 2009
Without proselytizing, what's left in this machetes-to-ploughshares tale is, unexpectedly, a powerfully Christian film.
March 13, 2008
There's a patient attentiveness and inquisitiveness to Munyurangabo. that seemingly springs, at least in part, from the cultural divide between Korean-American filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung and his native Rwandan cast, milieu, and language.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 29, 2009
In order to survive, one can't hold onto innocence nor wash away the bloody, tattooed existence of the past. And even with this grim reality, there is some semblance of promise. Not everything corrupt stays that way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 22, 2008
Two friends in Rwanda dealing with the fallout from the genocide which lingers in their consciousness and souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 19, 2009
Poignant and authentically moving film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 29, 2009
Munyurangabo uses the fine-grained techniques of cinematic neorealism to illuminate the psychological and emotional landscape of a still-traumatized place.
October 30, 2009
The finished film, which was completed in about 11 days, has the tidiness and optimism of a fable. But it showcases certain hard facts of life in a war-torn country whose scars have yet to heal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 12, 2010
Munyurangabo may be a simple film with a straightforward message, but the details and conflicts Chung captures give it a reality that cannot be denied.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 7, 2010
Free of any mannerism or displays of bravura, the filmmaking is strongly informed with a sense of poetry, cinematic sophistication and a desire to allow scenes to play out fully, but no longer than they must.
May 28, 2009
intelligent enough to understand where history and blood are built into Rwanda but realistic enough to know that forgiveness is a long way off.
| Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2011
Chekhov's principle of drama is in full effect, but what's remarkable about this film is how it slowly steers its way from portent to poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 11, 2010
Chung's film feels 'organic.' ... Rather than giving Western viewers a guilt trip by exploiting Rwanda's pain, he makes a movie by Rwanda for Rwanda.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
July 7, 2010
Munyurangabo is a small, quiet film with big implications. It's one of those movies where knowing the story behind the scenes will give you more appreciation of the humble, hand-held one on-screen.
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