(2004)

Critic Reviews

79

Metascore

Based on 40 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Deep movie emotions for me usually come not when the characters are sad, but when they are good. You will see what I mean.
100
An extraordinary and effective film.
100
Emerges as an African version of "Schindler's List."
100
Enraging and enthralling.
90
The Hollywood Reporter
Cheadle impressively carries the entire picture, delivering the kind of note-perfect performance that's absolutely deserving of Oscar consideration.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
A gut-punch of a drama.
88
Chicago Tribune
Not a striking film visually. It's deliberately plain looking, focused on the appalling events with an almost documentary immediacy.
80
Wall Street Journal
Hotel Rwanda isn't impersonal, even though it only hints at the story's full horror. It's stunning.
75
George has been criticized for simplifying a complex story into an African "Schindler's List." But despite flaws in execution, this is a film of rare courage and imperishable heart.
75
New York Daily News
In condensing Rusesabagina's story, George has undoubtedly overstated the specific dramatic moments; the movie has more cliff-hangers than the "Indiana Jones" series.
70
The story it tells is such a wrenching one it cannot help but move us, especially when the performance of a lifetime by Don Cheadle is added to the mix.
58
Entertainment Weekly
A strange history lesson that leaves us more overlectured than properly overwhelmed.

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