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Rosewood Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
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...
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 15, 2006
Stirring story, indifferently realized.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
Gripping and pretty darn tense historical drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
...the more the body count mounts, the more cartoonish the movie seems, and the less we care.
Read More | Original Score: C-
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 25, 2004
A charged, wrenching drama about one of the most shameful events in American history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dragan Antulov
December 23, 2003
Instead of simply stating that the racism is bad, Singleton tries to explain it through characters, which are multidimensional and believable, regardless of their race.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Brian Mckay
March 18, 2003
Decent effort, but couldn't decide if it wanted to be a historical drama or an action flick.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
November 29, 2002
A harrowing look at a shameful incident that one wishes could be dismessed as fiction.
| Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
There are any number of good reasons to see the historical drama Rosewood, but this is the one to remember: Ving Rhames.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2002
Presents a little-known episode in America's racial history that destroyed a town and a dream.
Jose Martinez
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Comparisons to today's society can't help but be made while watching Rosewood; although moviegoers might wish to leave the theatre thinking we are living in a better time, they might not be able to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
The need to bear witness against atrocity, to testify that something wicked this way came, is the powerful drive that animates Rosewood, the story of an American tragedy so horrific no one talked about it for more than half a century.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Neither the film's smug white bigots nor its uniformly noble blacks are well served by such oversimplification.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
An epic that stands alone in the latter weeks of a dismal movie winter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
If the movie were simply the story of this event, it would be no more than a sad record. What makes it more is the way it shows how racism breeds and feeds, and is taught by father to son.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2000
In its honest depiction of the horror of racism, Rosewood should be seen. That very honesty is also the reason no one will want to see it.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Singleton does not have Steven Spielberg's visual flair, but Rosewood excels where Spielberg's Amistad in other ways comes up short.
Read More | Original Score: 84/100
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