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Tsotsi (Thug) Reviews

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
March 24, 2006
Unfolds in such clear-eyed, powerful fashion that its characters become unforgettable, and the movie lands a big-time emotional punch.
Read More | Original Score: B+
March 24, 2006
To feel the full power of the movie's wrenching story, you must not rush to judge or embrace young Tsotsi. He is an enigma whose journey is the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 24, 2006
A deeply moving portrait of a human being, suffering in life and not having any handle on how to deal with it. It's tragedy, not melodrama.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 23, 2006
The picture can be squishy and obvious. Yet it works, thanks to Gavin Hood's straightforward, sensitive direction and his star's emotionally charged performance.
Read More | Original Score: B+
March 17, 2006
[Director] Hood gives the film energy by its unexpected locations, a score both jolting and soaring, and a carefully constructed screenplay that makes everyone in this film a dimensional, complicated character.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2006
It lays a stark narrative that's devoid of sentimentality but stoked with emotional power; without getting maudlin, it will tear you to shreds.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 17, 2006
Tsotsi never lets go of its edge, and that edge draws blood.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 17, 2006
It is to [director Gaven] Hood's credit that he does not over-sentimentalize Tsotsi's story, nor does he glamorize thug life like so many American films do.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 16, 2006
We're not used to bad guys with redeeming qualities. And that makes Tsotsi as disquieting as it is intriguing.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 16, 2006
For all its dark edges, Tsotsi comes with a silver lining making it worthy of its squirmy ride.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 16, 2006
Important and vital -- if a little heavy-handed.
March 10, 2006
That director Gavin Hood, who wrote the script from a novel by playwright Athol Fugard, could get you to care so much is a mark of the heart that went into making the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 10, 2006
The movie's heart, along with [director] Hood's refusal to sugarcoat the grim reality, wins you over no matter how many times you've seen this story told.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 10, 2006
The film is worth seeing, for its faces and its evocation -- not without melodrama, yet not without impact -- of a harsh but not hopeless slum life.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 10, 2006
It's a solid, earnest drama of moral redemption that places old cliches in an unfamiliar setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 9, 2006
What a simple and yet profound story this is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 9, 2006
A mixture of thrilling documentary-style realism and Hollywood hokum, Tsotsi leaves you all but tasting the orange dust of Joburg's shantytowns and moved by the harrowing journey Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae) is forced to take.
March 3, 2006
Tsotsi presents a world of terrible beauty, where humanity struggles to breathe despite all attempts to snuff it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 27, 2006
The last few moments of this film are deeply and memorably moving.
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
February 24, 2006
Tsotsi gets its message across without pandering to the audience. It has a keen sense of subtlety that's often lacking in social awareness cinema.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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 24, 2006
This Oscar-nominated film convincingly celebrates the embers of decency that can be found in fires that are all but banked.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 23, 2006
Whatever its weaknesses, Tsotsi is redeemed by its excellent performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 23, 2006
Tsotsi is a compelling and uplifting tale of humanity and dignity in the starkest of environments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 23, 2006
Tsotsi, an Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film, isn't much different from every studio cautionary tale with an unhappy past, a criminal present and an unhappier future.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 23, 2006
A handsomely mounted thriller about an ugly world pinned under the long shadow of apartheid.
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 21, 2006
Who knew cold-blooded sociopaths were such softies at heart?
Read More | Original Score: C
February 21, 2006
That the story can be so easily transposed to the post-apartheid present day is one of the movie's saddest inferences.
February 21, 2006
An emotionally honest tale of redemption that never forgets there are consequences for bad acts, even when those acts are committed before the arrival of salvation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2006
This remarkable movie means to shake you, and boy does it ever.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 10, 2005
Fresh and vivid crime story set in South Africa.