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  • Summary: Based on true events and filmed in Rwanda with genocide survivors as cast and crew, Beyond the Gates tells their shared story of humanity in the most inhumane circumstances. This is a film about the choices we make when we are free to choose. (IFC Films)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    100
    Caton-Jones' refusal to pull back on showing exactly what happened to the 800,000 Rwandans who were murdered that spring means that strong stomachs and even stronger nerves are required, but the film demands to be seen by anyone attempting to grasp how -- and just how quickly -- genocide can occur.
  2. 90
    Tense and gut-wrenching, Beyond the Gates is a horrifying story told with grace and compassion.
  3. If Beyond the Gates were merely a well-intentioned bore, the reality might seem jarring. As is, the coda fits and feels like the only possible ending--proof that surviving to help tell the story of a genocidal nightmare is the best revenge.
  4. 75
    Hurt steals scenes with a brilliantly nuanced character, a man bitter enough to make every line delivered to his peers a challenge or an accusation, yet experienced enough to present those challenges with an ingratiating politesse that only cracks in extremis.
  5. 63
    The film is occasionally heavy-handed, and the priest character is almost absurdly saintly, but there is an awful power to scenes such as one in which the Europeans are evacuated on trucks.
  6. Though less reassuring and not as dramatically coherent as "Hotel Rwanda," it still packs a hard punch.
  7. 50
    Beyond the Gates bears witness to the worst of the worst, but these days, and far more importantly, so does YouTube.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6

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