Rosewood Reviews

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
Harrowing this may be, but the concessions to commercialism rob it of much of its genuine power.
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.
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...
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April 12, 2002
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.
January 1, 2000
Neither the film's smug white bigots nor its uniformly noble blacks are well served by such oversimplification.
January 1, 2000
The movie's greatest success lies in what it's about -- not what it actually is. The true events of 1923 hang palpably over the movie; they also eclipse it.
January 1, 2000
It's doubtful a viewer of any race will be unshaken by this horrifying look back during Black History Month.
January 1, 2000
An epic that stands alone in the latter weeks of a dismal movie winter.
January 1, 2000
Rosewood is startling, infuriating, painful history played out as a not-very-satisfying, overly ambitious and overlong movie.
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.
January 1, 2000