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Tsotsi (Thug) Reviews

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 14, 2006
It is Tsotsi's own unresolved infantilism that is the story's true Baby On Board.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 7, 2006
It is a first peek at a South Africa that doesn't need a Hollywood studio or Hollywood stars to present itself to the world, or to come to grips with itself at home.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
April 6, 2006
Stirring performances and well-aimed filmcraft.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
April 6, 2006
Tsotsi makes its bid for youth appeal with a fair amount of violence and a soundtrack partially made up of Kwaito music...Ultimately, though, it boils down to a conventionally humanist coming-of-age story.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
April 1, 2006
The film lost me there (it seems much more likely he would simply have left the baby in the car), so what follows didn't work for me either. But if you can buy the premise, you may enjoy this film.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 1, 2006
What Tsotsi fails to explain is how the mere introduction of a baby can melt the cruel cycle of criminality and disregard for others.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Liz Beardsworth
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
With lively pacing, superb performances and a candid yet forgiving heart, Hood has created an inverse fairy tale that is never less than absorbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 31, 2006
... a movie that brings new urgency and emotional impact to its age-old tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 31, 2006
Like its source material, Athol Fugard's novel, the film is a moving, thought-provoking examination of decency and responsibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 31, 2006
A manipulative piece of heavy-handed hokum, Tsotsi wouldn't get a second look if it were in English and set in an American slum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tracy Allerton
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 30, 2006
Brilliantly acted, especially by star Presley Chweneyagae, who makes Tsotsi's journey toward redemption a truly mesmerizing -- and, at times, nerve-racking -- experience.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 30, 2006
Achingly simple, perhaps simplistic, yet Tsotsi's hellish shantytown speaks volumes of the environment that would produce such a brute ... In Chweneyagae's cold-blooded stare, director Gavin Hood distills his story down to a chilling iconic power.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 30, 2006
Even though its emotional state is sentimental and its narrative arc predictable, Tsotsi is buoyed by fundamental decency that makes such things forgivable.
| Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 30, 2006
Manufactures sentiment with disarming grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David N. Butterworth
March 30, 2006
Presley Chweneyagae excels in this hard-hitting urban drama, South Africa's answer to "City of God" (not that anyone asked the question).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
March 29, 2006
Unabashedly poignant, it's a moody, gritty gangster saga with a stark sense of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Diana Saenger
March 29, 2006
A profound film that grabs you by the throat and holds you hostage until the end credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 27, 2006
As the movie doesn't shy away from much real feeling, its shortcuts can be forgiven.
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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
March 25, 2006
banal project that leaves more demanding viewers empty
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 25, 2006
A confused and improbable redemption song.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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