Hotel Rwanda

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    Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990’s when more than a million Tutsis’ were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his hotel in attempt to save their lives.

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    There's a tidiness and sense of convenience in the film's stock characterisations and button-pushing plotting that detracts from its impact. The film doesn't just contrive to contain the slaughter, but also its own anger.

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    Move past the big picture, of race hatred, arbitrary maps and guilt over what the UN and the West can't or won't do, and find the human story within the inhumanity of war.

    4/5
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    The great strength of Hotel Rwanda is that it's not about superhuman heroism but simply about human decency.

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    The almost forgotten but all too real African genocide documented in Hotel Rwanda hits us as suddenly and as hard as it does Paul Rusesabagina, the accidental hero played so masterfully by Don Cheadle.

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    It has a genuine power: the ability of film to beam light onto dark days of history, making it impossible for us to look away, reminding us of what we should never forget.

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    What makes the film not just harrowing but transcendent is Cheadle. He does nothing traditionally heroic. He just presents a picture of basic decency, showing how, when combined with courage, decency can result in an awe- inspiring moral steadfastness.

    4/4
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    All we can do is hope that films such as Hotel Rwanda remind us all -- moviegoer and politician -- of the terrible cost of doing nothing.

    3/4
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    A film that uses the comfort of the predictable to make horror palatable to a wider audience.

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    Because of the subject matter, this feels like one of those films you see because it's good for you. But it also is an extraordinarily moving drama.

    4/4
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    There is much to respect in Hotel Rwanda, not least Cheadle's subtly crafted performance, which allows the audience a direct connection to his ethical growth.

    3/4
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    If Hotel Rwanda does nothing more than provoke the obvious questions of 'How did this happen?' and 'How can we prevent it from happening again?' it has, like the hotelier who refuses to consider himself a hero, done its job.

    3/4
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    The film serves as reminder and educator for those who've forgotten or never knew about the situation in Rwanda.

    B
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    A story so powerful it can't help but speak to both the heart and the conscience.

    B+
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    The world stayed out of Rwanda for fear of doing an imperfect job. Bold filmmakers are at their best when they mature beyond that kind of paralysis.

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    Cheadle gives one of the best performances (if not the best) of last year -- an Oscar-worthy portrait of a man who kept his head clear and his humanity intact in the midst of a man-made hell.

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    The twofold agenda in Hotel Rwanda is to commemorate what Paul Rusesabagina did and to shame each and every Westerner who sees the movie. On both of those counts it is successful.

    3/4
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    [The movie] sweeps over you with blunt, unequivocal conviction.

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    [A] flat, cramped staging which, combined with d.p. Robert Fraisse's harsh overlighting, gives the film the feel of a cheap backlot production, even though it was shot on location.

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    If [Schindler's List] had never been made, Hotel Rwanda might seem better than it does, and probably better than it is.

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    A gut-punch of a drama.

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    A must-see for teens (and adults, for that matter) who know the Rwanda massacre as but a distant headline.

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    A horrifying yet compelling story of man's inhumanity to man.

    4/5
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    It's simultaneously haunting and inspiring.

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    Hotel Rwanda is a strange history lesson that leaves us more overlectured than properly overwhelmed.

    C+
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    The film defines how, using cunning and courage, a person can change the course of history -- and stand up to the inhumanity in our midst.

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    Don Cheadle takes his rightful place among America's greatest actors in Hotel Rwanda.

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    It's a great story. But it's Cheadle who makes the movie really special, delivering a memorable and utterly convincing portrayal of a truly good man.

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    The most truly inspiring movie of the year.

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    One of the year's most moving and powerful films, anchored by a magnificent performance by Don Cheadle.

    4/4
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    It does portray, brilliantly, the transformation of one man, as he moved from servant to saint. And it gives the lie -- 1,268 times over -- to the belief that one person can't make a difference.

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    Cheadle affects a flawless Rwandan accent and gives a performance that should shame every UN member who voted to ignore the Rwandan Tutsis' pleas.

    3/4
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    The film works not because the screen is filled with meaningless special effects, formless action and vast digital armies, but because Cheadle, Nolte and the filmmakers are interested in how two men choose to function in an impossible situation.

    4/4
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    Hotel Rwanda is a political thriller based on fact that hammers every button on the emotional console.

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    Not only did it give me a better-rounded perspective on the Rwandan tragedy, but it introduced me to a modern hero who stood against tyranny and oppression at the risk of losing all that was dear to him.

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    Cheadle, whose Rusesabagina is both heroic and psychologically complex, is never less than utterly believable.

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    It's a gut-twisting story handled, largely and predictably, with asbestos mitts.

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    Perhaps the best movie of the year, worthy of multiple Academy Award nominations.

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    Hooks viewers by having us ride shotgun to Paul's awakening consciousness.

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    Despite flaws in execution, this is a film of rare courage and imperishable heart.

    3/4
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    I can hardly think of another movie in which sheer intelligence and decency have been made to seem so attractive or effective.

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    Both tough and tender, the movingly rendered production often strikes a devastating chord without resorting to any of the manipulative string-pulling known to accompany movies about 'men who made a difference.'

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