Rafiki (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

Rafiki (2018)




Critic Consensus: Rafiki tells a familiar story with bracing originality, marking director/co-writer Wanuri Kahiu as a talent to watch.

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"Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety


Critic Reviews for Rafiki

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (4)

It's hard to escape the feeling that the film is basically an extended public service announcement; Kahiu has few discernible goals apart from drawing attention to an important subject.

October 10, 2018 | Full Review…

For Kahiu, this sophomore feature should secure enough exposure to enable further, more ambitious vehicles for her direct, Afropop-infused style.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[A] poignant but slender drama...

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Muatsia, with her tough gaze and somber asides, maintains a credibility that rescues the movie from cliché. By telling an old story of impossible love, Rafiki renews its purpose.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Kahiu still manages to offer a colourful ray of hope that love will find a way to break through the darkness.

December 16, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Kahiu's film reinforces that being who you are and loving in spite of the opinions of others is still a revolutionary act.

November 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rafiki

The intentions are definitely noble, especially considering that the film was made in a country where homosexuality means a death sentence, but unfortunately the love story is developed in an extremely corny way and the ending is a dishonest cop-out that frustrates for its naiveté.

Carlos Magalhães
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