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  • Summary: Based on the Booker Prize winning novel by J.M Coetzee, Disgrace takes us into the heart of the ethical complexities of modern South Africa. A journey that follows disgraced Cape Town university Professor David Lurie as he is forced to confront irrevocable changes in his country. (Sherman Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
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  1. 100
    This is such a rare movie. Its characters are uncompromisingly themselves, flawed, stubborn, vulnerable.
  2. As fiercely unsentimental as Disgrace is, it offers by the end a measure of hope, and because that hope is so hard-won, it has the ring of truth.
  3. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    80
    John Malkovich has played some odd ducks in his career, but for sheer unsavoriness, few can match the blandly monstrous Cape Town poetry professor he brings to off-putting life in Disgrace.
  4. Nothing is simple in this film, which ramifies into parallel meditations on race, the transformation of racial politics and lessons to be learned from the lives of dogs.
  5. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    70
    Anchored by another marvelously quirky yet deadly serious performance from John Malkovich, and likely to be relished by the fan base of J.M. Coetzee's Booker Prize-winning novel, this is a strong, perceptive, old-school arthouse picture.
  6. 67
    After a compelling opening act and some shocking late-film developments, the film feels disengaged from the action at hand and the issues raised.
  7. The film, unfortunately, hasn't the depth Malkovich brings to his performance.

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  1. wwh
    Aug 2, 2011
    10
    Re: "seems quite disgusted by him right from the start, which is quite understandable, yet she starts a relationship with him",Re: "seems quite disgusted by him right from the start, which is quite understandable, yet she starts a relationship with him", that´s exactly the Point, which you seem to have missed entirely, Harold Bloom. Collapse
  2. Feb 27, 2011
    0
    After watching this horrible movie for thirty minutes, I decided to keep watching just to see how bad a movie can get. I have met many womenAfter watching this horrible movie for thirty minutes, I decided to keep watching just to see how bad a movie can get. I have met many women in my lifetime, and I am pretty sure that each and every one of them would be creeped out to the max by a character as depicted by Malkovich. None would even remotely think of even touching this weirdo. There is absolutely zero chemistry between him and the student, why would she sleep with him ? And why would she turn on him ? She seems utterly disgusted by him right from the start, which is quite understandable, yet she starts a relationship with him. I think I have seldom seen such bad acting in a movie before, the dialogue is just not real, you can tell the lines are rehearsed. The main problem is that the main character is so full of himself that after about 2 minutes, you do not care any more what happens to him. Expand

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