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Rising From Ashes Reviews

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Andrew Lapin
The Dissolve
August 1, 2013
Rising From Ashes, a film produced by Project Rwanda and funded by its donors, is little more than an 82-minute fundraising pitch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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David DeWitt
New York Times
August 1, 2013
A film that lacks complex human dimension to fill out this likable if promotional tale of good will and achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Schager
AV Club
August 1, 2013
Sports provide a path for redemption for both athletes and coaches in Rising From Ashes, a documentary whose power is diminished by uneven storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
August 15, 2013
Though the subject inspires, Johnstone's treatment lacks focus and edge, falling back on platitudes, sentiment, and generalities when clarity is what is needed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eddie Cockrell
The Australian
June 25, 2014
So while the subjects explored in Rising from Ashes are worthy of contemplation, the methodology of doing so puts the brakes on the film's ability to inspire and persuade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald
May 17, 2016
It's hard not to get swept up in this film's sense of hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Daphne Howland
Village Voice
July 30, 2013
Rising from Ashes is not just about a cycling team; it's a testament to what happens when human beings care for one another.
Jamie S. Rich
September 19, 2013
File it under the subgenre 'feel-good documentary.' Rising from Ashes is simple, direct and ultimately uplifting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
August 2, 2013
The sincerity and simplicity of the film ... lift it somewhat above the ordinary run.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David 'Mad Dog' Bradley
Adelaide Review
August 10, 2016
TC Johnstone's cycling documentary might sound at first like just another sport movie trying hard to seem inspirational, yet this study of the story behind 'Team Rwanda' is indeed just that.
Aaron Yap
June 26, 2014
We're invited to bask in the achievements of Team Rwanda, but it's difficult to when confronted with the lingering intrigue surrounding Boyer's story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
July 30, 2013
The movie crafts genuine drama from a nail-biter of an Olympic-qualifying race and authentic pathos from footage of Rwandans watching the Games' opening ceremony on television.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 26, 2013
The race footage is everything a cycling addict, or even a casual admirer, could hope for.
Kam Williams
July 29, 2013
An inspirational illustration of how the Olympics came to serve as a unifying step in terms of exorcising the demons ever haunting Rwanda's grisly killing fields.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 26, 2014
Inspiring, tough-hearted documentary about the formation of the Rwandan cycling team in the wake of the 1994 genocide.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 16, 2013
Ashes is joyous and uplifting, full of spirit, memorable athletes (including Olympian Adrien Niyonshuti) and remarkable achievements, both big and small.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
August 21, 2013
A few gaps in the narrative do little to tarnish the impact of this stirring tale, which offers big heart and quick feet to those in the mood for a story that reinforces the power of the human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 11, 2013
This team [Team Rwanda]...had something to prove and T.C. Johnstone does a solid job in chronicling their journey from the bottom to the top of their sport.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
June 19, 2014
The film is beautifully put together, with slick editing and glossy photography. The beauty of Rwanda is astonishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
August 1, 2013
...the story behind Rising from Ashes is so moving and compelling that the documentary's shortcomings seem inconsequential.
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