The Power of One Reviews

May 20, 2008
Beautifully produced and gorgeously shot on location in Zimbabwe by lenser Dean Semler, picture has depth, dimension and first-rate casting.
February 9, 2006
Avildsen draws good performances from the three actors who play PK, as well as from the ever-reliable Freeman and Mller-Stahl, but subtlety is abandoned when he focuses on the ring and teen romance.
September 23, 2005
June 30, 2005
August 30, 2004
The film's facile treatment of racial issues may be enough to bring back the practice of throwing tomatoes at the screen.
July 8, 2004
January 29, 2004
August 2, 2003
July 18, 2003
A startling film about a young South African boy's coming of age under the tutelage of three spiritual elders.
May 24, 2003
This is patronizing, offensive garbage, bought to you by the director of The Karate Kid.
October 31, 2002
July 25, 2002
May 12, 2001
A violent cartoon that trivializes apartheid. If there's any justice, the birds of loneliness will be circling the box office.
January 1, 2000
It's resounding bunk, candied over with the lush music of Johnny Clegg and hyped to death by director John ("Rocky") Avildsen.
January 1, 2000
"The Power of One" begins with a canvas that involves all of the modern South African dilemma, and ends as a boxing movie. Somewhere in between, it loses its way.
January 1, 2000
Mostly, it's a long, heavy-handed narrative about the personal costs of South Africa's system of apartheid, set in the removed safety of bygone decades and mixed with generous helpings of Chariots of Fire and Rocky.
January 1, 2000
Though rife with worthy intentions and great notions, this populist safari manages to be both patronizing and manipulative.
March 1, 1992
The Power of One spends so much screen time reveling in the eloquence and bravery of its hero and depicting South Africa's blacks as an anonymous horde of victims that the film, in effect, becomes their victimizer.