Tsotsi (Thug) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Tsotsi (Thug) Reviews

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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
Christopher Campbell
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
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Fraudulent, patronizing, and empty
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 16, 2006
Oscar was right. It's a winner.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
Kent Turner
February 23, 2006
After ... the powerful 15-minute opening, it's a long road ahead to redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 22, 2006
More calculated than a Starbucks sampler CD, the picture could win the up-from-hardship award.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jan Stuart
February 24, 2006
The protagonist's epiphany seems less the organic product of converging circumstances than the dictate of movie convention.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
March 25, 2006
banal project that leaves more demanding viewers empty
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
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
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.
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 25, 2006
A confused and improbable redemption song.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
March 10, 2006
...a thug-rehabilitation movie that goes to exaggerated lengths to redeem its criminal antihero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 21, 2006
Who knew cold-blooded sociopaths were such softies at heart?
| Original Score: C
Gregory Weinkauf
February 24, 2006
Consider the difference between a complex environment and a simpleminded movie set within that environment.
Kim Morgan
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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