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Tsotsi (Thug) Reviews

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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
September 17, 2007
The Johannesburg equivalent of any stateside gangster fairy tale, Tsotsi actually feels even more forced than Hollywood's modern urban dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 30, 2009
Fraudulent, patronizing, and empty
March 16, 2006
Oscar was right. It's a winner.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 14, 2007
Don't be fooled by the subtitles and the egg head accolades. This pretentious mess is just another country's version of 50 Cent-style fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 9, 2006
If Hood's direction were anything more than blatantly cruel and crushingly obvious -- or if Chweneyagae were capable of more than one expression -- the film might have a reason for existing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 23, 2006
After ... the powerful 15-minute opening, it's a long road ahead to redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 13, 2006
A chance for the stay-at-home world-travelers to catch sight of Johannesburg's filthy sprawling township of Soweto.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 22, 2006
More calculated than a Starbucks sampler CD, the picture could win the up-from-hardship award.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 24, 2006
The protagonist's epiphany seems less the organic product of converging circumstances than the dictate of movie convention.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 25, 2006
banal project that leaves more demanding viewers empty
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 17, 2006
The story's lame, condesending objective dictates that bringing-up-baby histrionics will melt the savage beast.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
February 23, 2006
Our protagonist may want to give the appearance of being heartless, but the script is stacked against him.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
March 25, 2006
A confused and improbable redemption song.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 10, 2006
...a thug-rehabilitation movie that goes to exaggerated lengths to redeem its criminal antihero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 24, 2006
A cascade of sentimentality straight out of Hollywood. Not even Chweneyagae's excellent acting or Lance Gewer's dark photography can save the film.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 21, 2006
Who knew cold-blooded sociopaths were such softies at heart?
Read More | Original Score: C
February 24, 2006
Consider the difference between a complex environment and a simpleminded movie set within that environment.
February 24, 2006
Yes, it's beautifully photographed, and at times we truly feel the struggle presented before us, but Tsotsi is also problematic and frustrating.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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