Cape of Good Hope


Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16

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Critic Reviews

  1. 80
    A heartwarming, cleansing film that's simply good for the soul.
  2. 75
    South African director Mark Bamford's sweet-natured ensemble film doesn't shy away from addressing issues of racism -- both black and white.
  3. 75
    When politics do not create walls (as apartheid did), most people are primarily interested in their families, their romances, and their jobs. They hope to improve all three. The movie is about their hope.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Although by now routine, the intertwining of separate story strands is solidly structured, and the different mini-narratives resolved in unsurprising yet satisfying ways.
  5. 70
    Satisfying and memorable film.
  6. 70
    Grounded in the easy rhythms of daily life, this charming little film shows unexpected grit in sequences set in the white household where Lindiwe works, a place so oppressive that it suddenly seems way past time for South African movie characters - and their home audience - to experience a dose or two of Hollywood-style wish fulfillment.
  7. Refreshingly devoid of politics.
  8. 70
    Director Mark Bamford has a feel for the entanglements of daily life, and his lively editing rhythm holds the multiple stories together.
  9. 63
    A charming if overlong romantic comedy.
  10. It's facile, predictable, and contrived, but there's still something winning about this multicultural drama from South Africa.
  11. The stories are interlinked effectively, and the film strikes an upbeat note yet does not address racism and discrimination. For all its affection toward its characters, however, the film is too long and too slack.
  12. 50
    Cape of Good Hope is a hopeful piece of humanism that is difficult to begrudge too much.
  13. It lacks both complexity and compromised characters. While the cultural backdrop is intriguing, the story is frustratingly conventional and familiar.
  14. Only Nthati Moshesh, as a single black mother working as a housekeeper wooed by a displaced Congolese (Eriq Ebouaney), makes a dent in white-American-expatriate Mark Bamford's toothless scenario.
  15. The film does deserve credit for juggling difficult racial and class issues - but with a wacky score, cute puppies and silly side stories also jockeying for space, Bamford's best intentions tumble to a heap long before the movie ends.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sarah
    Aug 28, 2007
    Beautiful and heartwarming. Definitely worth seeing.
  2. DanaC.
    Nov 10, 2005
    Saw this film last year at the Tribeca Film Festival. They don't make many films like this - I highly recommend it to anyone looking to Saw this film last year at the Tribeca Film Festival. They don't make many films like this - I highly recommend it to anyone looking to be entertained and inspired. Full Review »
  3. DanielleT.
    Nov 10, 2005
    Best film I've seen this year.