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Tsotsi (Thug) Reviews

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Nick Rogers
November 7, 2010
It's a redemption song that could be stripped down into a Hallmark-esque distillation of "City of God." Instead, it retains a minor key, with bullets, blood and beatings illustrating a descent into dangerous living while a baby's presence suggests hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Betsy Bozdech
September 27, 2008
Gavin Hood's Oscar-nominated tale about a young South African gangster who gets an unexpected chance at redemption is literally a world apart from anything produced by Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
...an emotionally honest tale of redemption that does not ignore the fact that we live in a world of cause and consequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 16, 2007
Memorable, with a terrific performance by Presley Chweneyagae as Tsotsi that burns in its contained rage.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
March 13, 2007
Un drama urbano duro y conmovedor, si bien algo previsible, con un estupendo protagonista. Una película realmente atendible que nos acerca al infrecuente cine sudafricano.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 14, 2007
This powerful story, reminiscent of Dostoyevsky's 'Crime and Punishment,' is told with a minimum of dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 26, 2006
This film won the Oscar for best foreign language film, and it is well deserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 14, 2006
told with conviction and skill, and Chweneyagae's expressive face and eyes reveal all the emotions, fears and hopes that Tsotsi cannot articulate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 9, 2006
In the long run, the film may not entirely satisfy one's intellectual curiosity, but it pleases the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
It's well-acted, beautifully photographed and meticulously professional.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
May 6, 2006
Tsotsi remains at all times an intensely human story, one that transcends the particulars of its time and its place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Pais
May 4, 2006
A film of extraordinary viciousness and vulnerability about a criminal who has to meet an infant to remember he is still a child himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rubin Safaya
May 3, 2006
Without cheap deceptions, clever editing, plot conveniences or overt exposition, the film pulls you in and keeps you there on the merit of the story's substance.
Dan Lybarger
April 22, 2006
But by placing the tale in contemporary Soweto and Johannesburg, South Africa, Hood imbues the film with a sense of authenticity that makes the movie seem more moving than manipulative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
April 17, 2006
Gavin Hood, adapting playwright Athol Fugard's 1980 novel, sweeps us out of our comfy seats and drops us into the stark realities of an impoverished world ruled by those most bold and ruthless.
| Original Score: 4/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
April 14, 2006
Newcomer Presley Chweneyagae is stunning as Tsotsi; it's one of the most affecting performances of 2005.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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.
Read More | 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.
Read More | 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.
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