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Munyurangabo Reviews

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Carolyn Blick
Boston Phoenix
August 26, 2009
ou 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
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
August 23, 2016
Earnest and slow, the film takes time to reveal its intentions and the result is worthy but not engaging.
Robin Wood
Film Comment Magazine
August 23, 2016
It's an authentically beautiful film.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 23, 2009
It is in every frame a beautiful and powerful film -- a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
August 23, 2016
The result is an achingly authentic film, as stirring as it is relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
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
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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
May 27, 2009
Without proselytizing, what's left in this machetes-to-ploughshares tale is, unexpectedly, a powerfully Christian film.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
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
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 19, 2009
Poignant and authentically moving film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 29, 2009
Munyurangabo uses the fine-grained techniques of cinematic neorealism to illuminate the psychological and emotional landscape of a still-traumatized place.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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
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Robert Koehler
Variety
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.
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
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
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
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
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
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
Janet Smith
Georgia Straight
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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