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Hotel Rwanda

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United Kingdom, South Africa, Italy · 2004
Rated PG-13 · 2h 1m
Director Terry George
Starring Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte, Fana Mokoena
Genre Drama, History, War

Noble hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina fights to save the lives of innocent people during the Rwandan genocide, harboring hope and courage in the face of shocking brutality. Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were persecuted and killed in a colossal genocide that was largely ignored by the international community.

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Newsweek by David Ansen

Ultimately, one's reservations are overwhelmed by the story's urgency; it's impossible not to be shattered.


The New Yorker by David Denby

The film turns into a triumph for Don Cheadle, who never steps outside the character for emotional grandstanding or easy moralism.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

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.


Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

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.


Film Threat by Phil Hall

The film presents the Rwandans in the worst possible way: venal, corrupt, vicious, stupid, barbaric and completely incapable of governing themselves. Honestly, I've seen more intelligent and sympathetic depictions of Africans in Tarzan movies.


Time by Richard Schickel

It is a powerful portrait of a slightly befuddled man who, when inhuman demands were placed on him, found within himself an unexpected response.


Variety by Scott Foundas

The genocide of some one million Rwandan Tutsis by their Hutu neighbors remains a disgraceful and too-little-known episode in recent world history. Alas, Terry George's ineffectual Hotel Rwanda only partly rectifies that problem, taking what ought to have been a complex, powerful inquiry and simplifying it to a story about the resilience of the human spirit.

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