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Otelo Burning Reviews

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Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International
November 30, 2012
As buoyant as the waves its heroes surf on, Otelo Burning uses water as metaphor for freedom for its black South African teens in 1988.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
November 30, 2012
Somehow, mostly through the impassioned performances of its young actors, the film finds its footing in the third act ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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November 29, 2012
A heavy-handed but forceful coming-of-age story set circa 1989, against the backdrop of the violent beginning of apartheid's end ...
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 29, 2012
This crisp, involving South African drama comes at you in waves, changing course and tone expertly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
November 8, 2012
Ms. Blecher draws fine performances out of the young actors and, to her credit, sugarcoats nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Clay Cane
September 24, 2012
A memorable story about kids who hold bigger dreams than what they are told and taught they could accomplish.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 27, 2012
This South African ditty is even framed as a scrapbook, mushily remembering childhood traumas and exaltations.
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
November 26, 2012
The film grows increasingly tiresome the more it flirts with melodrama, unraveling themes of jealousy, regret, and ambition in broad strokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 13, 2012
A movie in which there is nothing but its unsentimental look at the waning days of apartheid to make it seem unlike a dozen other inspirational sports movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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