Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Jun 14, 2013
    90
    Horrific and uplifting.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 13, 2013
    90
    This is a scary but inspiring film with real heroes and villains.
  3. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Jun 11, 2013
    90
    What makes Kuchu work as taut agitprop, and ultimately to devastating emotional effect, is that Wright and Zouhali-Worrall allow the enormity of the film's political concerns to be telegraphed through the stories, experiences, and astute analysis of ordinary queer folk and their hetero allies.
  4. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jun 20, 2013
    80
    The civil rights arguments and the activism are handled in remarkably objective fashion, though it is no mystery where the directors' sentiments lie.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jun 13, 2013
    80
    A deeply dispiriting portrait of the systemic persecution of the LGBT community in Uganda, the country that seems to be ground zero for homophobia.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jun 13, 2013
    80
    The very best — and, alas, the very worst — of human nature is captured in this heartbreaking and inspiring documentary.
  7. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jun 11, 2013
    80
    It’s hard to imagine a figure more courageous than activist David Kato: an out gay man—Uganda’s first, he says — who lives in constant peril from both private citizens and a government that wants to make homosexuality punishable by hanging.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    May 30, 2013
    80
    While a local filmmaker’s perspective may have brought more dimensions, the coverage of events here is impressive and on the mark.
  9. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    May 30, 2013
    80
    As angry and unflinching a piece of documentary filmmaking as you'll see this year.
  10. Reviewed by: Carmen Gray
    May 30, 2013
    80
    A timely, gut-wrenching but ultimately hopeful work.
  11. Reviewed by: Ben Walters
    May 30, 2013
    80
    The struggle for LGBT rights in Uganda might sound like a dry or distant subject. It’s the achievement of Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall’s shocking, moving, enthralling and enraging doc to make it lively and urgent.
  12. Reviewed by: Steve Rose
    May 30, 2013
    80
    The film-makers have turned what could have been a detached news report into a moving human tragedy.
  13. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    Aug 15, 2013
    75
    Even in death, Kato has been harassed. In one of this movie’s many unsettling scenes, a pastor interrupts his funeral to condemn the dead man to eternal damnation.
  14. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Jun 10, 2013
    75
    The film provides welcome context for the semi-hysteria that recently took over the U.S. media in regard to Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill.
  15. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jun 12, 2013
    58
    Apart from its laudable goal of raising awareness, the film doesn’t have much to offer.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 6, 2013
    6
    In Uganda, it's not only illegal to be gay, they're trying to pass a bill to make it punishable by death. This doc follows David Kato, the country's first openly gay man, and his fellow activists as they talk about their struggles and literally fight for their lives. There's no technique to this film. It tracks these people, their enemies and the events with an often shaky, out of focus camera. Without any pretensions, it manages to convey the message in a disquieting, yet effective style. Full Review »