User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 73
  2. Negative: 3 out of 73
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  1. KevinJ.
    Jul 24, 2003
    0
    Sucked.
  2. DaveD.
    Aug 16, 2003
    1
    This movie was horrible. Slow, bad acting, ridiculous characters, overloaded with political statements about healthcare and immigration. Do not see it. Better bets are Swimming Pool and Spellbound.
  3. GregT.
    Mar 30, 2004
    4
    I fell asleep while watching the DVD of this movie, because it was plodding and disjointed and unfocused, not because I was particularly sleepy. I don't understand what all the hype is about.
  4. MarkD.
    May 16, 2004
    3
    Slow, illogical, and generally boring. A turkey.
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 100
    The grandest and most vigorous movie he's (Frears) made in at least a decade. Like Okwe himself, it rises above its limitations, and it's just a little bit bigger than the landscape around it.
  2. 88
    It's a dark and revealing movie, and, while the ending may not be upbeat enough for those expecting mainstream fare, it offers a measure of hope and a catharsis.
  3. 100
    This is a film that insinuates itself deeply into our awareness. It's that rare pulp story with something on its mind, an unnerving, socially conscious thriller with a killer sense of narrative drive.