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Black Earth Rising: Miniseries Reviews

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February 7, 2019
With a fine cast led by John Goodman...and a series of cracking stories stretching from London and Paris to Rwanda and the Congo and back, it's immediately grabby.
February 5, 2019
Complex, excellent British series about Rwanda is violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 30, 2019
As good as the actors are here, they deserved a less melodramatic and cliche script than they got. Luckily, star Michaela Cole has a nice chemistry with John Goodman and the pair save this from being just another offering on Netflix.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 30, 2019
As all good drama should, Black Earth Rising asks big, thorny questions, stoking debate rather than closing it down, not least when it comes to conversations over history and to whom it belongs.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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January 30, 2019
Black Earth Rising is actually about seeking the light. As Kate learns the buried truth about the past...she begins to escape its clutches, transforming herself from an innocent victimized by history into a wised-up woman who's trying to make it.
January 29, 2019
Good storytelling captures the wider world, and this series not only delivers suspense, but much to actually think about afterwards.
January 28, 2019
Black Earth Rising is grounded in one of the most viscerally horrifying events in human history. Yet with every misstep and unnecessary contortion, the show dulls the edge of its remarkably potent source material.
January 28, 2019
Despite a talented cast and its creator's ambitions, Black Earth Rising has limited insight into the lives of survivors.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 28, 2019
Michaela Coel and John Goodman are riveting in this tale of a woman searching for answers about how she survived the Rwandan genocide.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 28, 2019
Black Earth Rising promises to be one of the best shows of the winter, mostly due to fantastic performances from Coel and Goodman.
January 25, 2019
Has its share of powers to recommend it -- among them, the riveting history that is its subject; its visual richness; and, not least, the complex questions of guilt and responsibility it poses about a catastrophe like the one that took place in Rwanda.
January 25, 2019
What's most striking about Black Earth Rising -- outside of the constant touching, the terrific performances, and the thoughtful filmmaking, anyway -- is that it's essentially a legal thriller mixed with a painful search for personal history.
January 25, 2019
Across eight hours, even the gravest subjects benefit from a sense of humor.
January 25, 2019
For a TV drama to enter the arena of the Rwanda massacre and question the role of Europe in enacting ICC prosecutions is daring and estimable.
January 25, 2019
Blick's storytelling style can sometimes seem maddening - there are key elements just out of your view, and until they come into focus, the viewer will be drowning in confusion. But patience is always rewarded.
January 24, 2019
It's a no-win game, with very human consequences. This drama certainly illustrates those points, but largely without the human side needed to make the abstract real.
January 24, 2019
While Blick admirably wants to inform and interrogate a topic most of the world would like to ignore, Black Earth Rising is overly confident in all the wrong places and lacks trust in all the right ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.2/10
January 23, 2019
A sprawling, ambitious drama about genocide, family, the West's relationship to Africa and the mythology of heroism in war.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 23, 2019
Black Earth Rising's compelling core narrative can become overwhelmed by tangential storylines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 22, 2019
If you're looking for a multi-layered political drama and are ready for a good cry, then Black Earth Rising may be for you. But be warned, some of the material may be trigger inducing.
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