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The Power of One Reviews

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Variety Staff
May 20, 2008
Beautifully produced and gorgeously shot on location in Zimbabwe by lenser Dean Semler, picture has depth, dimension and first-rate casting.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Avildsen draws good performances from the three actors who play PK, as well as from the ever-reliable Freeman and Müller-Stahl, but subtlety is abandoned when he focuses on the ring and teen romance.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
A violent cartoon that trivializes apartheid. If there's any justice, the birds of loneliness will be circling the box office.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Though rife with worthy intentions and great notions, this populist safari manages to be both patronizing and manipulative.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D