Darfur Now


Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21

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  1. This is the kind of film that doesn’t end after the credits roll, and it’s a gold-star example for what a documentary should do: inspire.
  2. 88
    More than any previous film on the subject, Braun's documentary offers an answer to a common question, perfectly phrased and answered by Cheadle himself: "What can I do? More than nothing. A lot more than nothing."
  3. 75
    It is not a compelling documentary (too much exposition, not enough on-the-spot reality), but it is instructive and disturbing.
  4. 50
    The documentary Darfur Now proves that - no matter how im portant the subject matter - following various people around with a camera doesn't necessarily make a film.
  5. The film gets a little ''We can fix this!'' inspirational for a chronicle of such staggering darkness.
  6. What Darfur Now offers is a collective vision of actions, small and large, taken on many fronts, to end the crisis. The movie is a quiet, methodical call to action.
  7. 75
    Despite the fact that the film is not graphic, you won't want to watch Darfur Now over dinner with your family. But you probably should anyway.
  8. Instructive as a portrait of activism.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    By showing the struggles and efforts of about half a dozen people, it puts a human face on the tragedy.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Slick, impassioned, and guardedly upbeat, Ted Braun's film is a morale booster aimed at US audiences rather than the 2.5 million displaced Sudanese tribespeople whose villages have been destroyed and families slaughtered. That we need a pick-me-up more than they do is pathetic, but there you are.
  11. A disquieting, and somewhat disjointed, call to arms, Theodore Braun's heartfelt documentary is undeniably important. But it may not be quite focused enough to ignite the passion he so clearly wants his audience to feel.
  12. Theodore Braun's work may well reach and convert one thousand more Adam Sterlings. Here's hoping it does. There is, however, a difference between a worthy cause and a worthy film.
  13. 50
    For all the film’s rallying efforts, its meandering structure and absence of a central driving character results in a film about genocide that is, as unbelievable as it sounds, kind of boring.
  14. 83
    If the presence of Cheadle and his handsome pal George Clooney can entice otherwise resistant viewers to learn about the ongoing travesty in western Sudan, then Darfur Now has done its job.
  15. The kind of movie you're glad somebody had the guts to make, but you don't really want to endure.
  16. The depressing subtext is that even with detailed proof of ongoing genocide, it takes movie stars to get to the movers and shakers, and to get worthy movies like this one into theaters.
  17. Attempts to both explain the situation to audiences and offer some reason to hope for the future. It's an almost impossible task, and though the film does better than anyone might expect, its success is not complete.
  18. 70
    See Darfur Now, and you won't read the daily news the same way again.
  19. 70
    Effective advocacy film about the genocide in Darfur.
  20. 50
    If you evaluate Darfur Now against the goals it sets for itself--as a stirring call to action--it must be considered lacking.
  21. 67
    It's a heartbreaking tale, a sliver of a tragic history still unfolding, but one that Braun largely leaves others to document.

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