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Return to Gorée (Retour à Gorée) Reviews

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Top Critic
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
August 27, 2008
Points to Bourgeaud for not whitewashing the beautifully awkward moments of cultural misunderstanding
Mike Scott
March 18, 2011
It provides ample moments for reflection -- and maybe, judging by the reactions of the American musicians who go back home in his film, a little bit of healing, too
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
August 26, 2008
A picture which chillingly conveys a palpable sense of what being a direct victim of slavery might have felt like and why the fallout from that evil institution persists to this day like the proverbial ripples on a pond.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
September 3, 2008
The serious undertones of the film are very real and played out with rapture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Noller
Slant Magazine
August 28, 2008
Unlike Maria Bethania: Music Is Perfume, Youssou N'Dour: Return to Goree is a documentary that actually has something on its mind beyond pandering to a singer's fan base.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 29, 2008
Trace[s] influences and celebrate connections with tunes to make you tap and sway.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Louis Proyect
August 29, 2008
A wondrous trip with Africa's greatest singer as he bonds with his musical brethren in the New World.
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
September 19, 2008
Conversations full of memorable words and what can only be called 'genuineness' push Youssou N'Dour: Return to Gorée into the realm of unforgettable filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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