Rosewood Reviews

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June 5, 2020
Undoubtedly a great movie could have been made of this still unhealed scab on the body politic. But "Rosewood," John Singleton's film of these events, isn't it.
June 5, 2020
Singleton's main goal is the vivid re-creation of mob violence, and he achieves it expertly.
June 5, 2020
Singleton's boldness is invigorating _ and merciless.
June 5, 2020
The fact that Rosewood takes time to understand its demons is an uncommon touch for any film that addresses such an inflammatory topic.
June 5, 2020
A unique and shining example of telling the stories of our past that need to be told, lest their lessons be lost forever.
June 5, 2020
Harrowing this may be, but the concessions to commercialism rob it of much of its genuine power.
February 28, 2020
Action-packed historical drama; some violence.
July 16, 2019
America has not truly dealt with the race massacres that happened far too often early in the 20th century, and this filmmaker, aware of that, did his part to raise awareness.
September 7, 2011
Singleton brings the images and underlying psychological truths of American racial violence to the screen with a brute dramatic force that few directors have matched.
July 6, 2010
At its best, Rosewood touches a still-raw nerve.
April 28, 2010
Rhames' gravity and grace, Voight's pinched anguish as he wills himself to do right, the moving work of actors like Don Cheadle and Esther Rolle do much to redeem this film for human if not historical reality.
April 28, 2010
The intentions are unassailable: to dramatize a forgotten injustice and sear it into contemporary memory so it's never allowed to happen again. But the movie is long and didactic, undermined by the faintly pious air of an educational slide show.
October 18, 2008
Although it increasingly succumbs to a tendency toward conventional movie heroics, John Singleton's fourth film tells a story of rare interest and tragedy...
September 15, 2006
Stirring story, indifferently realized.
September 21, 2005
July 14, 2005
April 9, 2005
John Singleton, with Rosewood, proves himself to be a capable and talented director, bringing to life a piece of violent American history that some would have preferred left unremembered.
April 7, 2005
April 3, 2005
Gripping and pretty darn tense historical drama.
January 29, 2005
...the more the body count mounts, the more cartoonish the movie seems, and the less we care.
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