Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. 80
    A heartwarming, cleansing film that's simply good for the soul.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    South African director Mark Bamford's sweet-natured ensemble film doesn't shy away from addressing issues of racism -- both black and white.
  4. Refreshingly devoid of politics.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Laura Kern
    Satisfying and memorable film.
  7. 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.
  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.

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