God Grew Tired of Us


Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Mark Bell
    Visually stunning and contextually provocative, God Grew Tired of Us is quite simply one of the most beautiful documentaries I've ever seen. Intelligent, heartbreaking, uplifting, humorous and reverent, the film is an adventure in what it means to be human.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    A moving documentary that informs, entertains and inspires.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Seesawing between despair and soul-affirming inspiration, God Grew Tired of Us is a documentary to make you proud of what America offers to the rest of the world and worried that it can't keep its promises.
  4. 83
    Fortunately, their story is just as compelling here, and the film's subjects display impressive adaptability, as well as a desire not to forget those they've left behind.
  5. An incredibly powerful story of renewal, commitment and the resiliency of the human spirit, this is a movie that should attract a large theatrical audience, and no one will go home disappointed.
  6. Quinn discovers an unexpectedly funny, trenchant fish-out-of-water-eye-view of American life.
  7. More factual rigor wouldn't hurt, but directors Quinn and Walker delve instead into the lives of their subjects with a fly-on-the-wall candor, revealing as much about American life as they do of African life.
  8. Reviewed by: Joey Chase
    If nothing else, this doc, which one the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at last year's Sundance Film Festival, will leave you feeling that the American dream is still alive and well.
  9. 75
    Crtainly worthy of serious attention and filled with revealing moments.
  10. 75
    The doggedness and good will of these men are irresistible as they pick up on the American dream, finding work and even college educations while trying to locate their missing relatives back home.
  11. Narrated by Nicole Kidman, this poignant documentary tells only half the story of three Sudanese "lost boys" who emigrate to America. Though it doesn't delve as deep as it should, this movie will still break your heart.
  12. A year into their new lives, all three men experience profound isolation. How, they wonder, can Americans live such anti-social lives, so unconcerned with the idea of societal interdependence? This is the chief unexamined question raised by a worthy picture. What is there holds you all the same.
  13. A well-made culture-shock documentary.
  14. It's not as good, nor as complex, as "The Lost Boys," but that doesn't make the story of mass annihilation, sprawling refugee camps, the generosity of Americans, and the resilience of a handful of Sudanese survivors any less worthy of telling - again.
  15. 75
    Touching and insightful.
  16. Against all odds and historical improbabilities, God Grew Tired of Us is a pleasant, uplifting documentary about genocide and ethnic cleansing.
  17. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Although shot over a longer period of time than "Lost Boys," God Grew Tired is a softer, less complex version of essentially the same story, far less troubling in its explorations and implications than "The Lost Boys," but with far greater commercial potential.
  18. 70
    This is an important film. It's amazing that it exists, and the events it recounts are still more amazing. Everybody should see it.
  19. Handsomely photographed and inspirational, but not cloyingly so, it is the rare contemporary documentary that doesn't leave a residue of cynicism and outrage.
  20. 70
    The message, unspoken but inescapable, is that a little sharing might feed wealthy and poor alike.
  21. God Grew Tired of Us never brings us half as close to its subjects as the far more penetrating "Lost Boys of Sudan" did in 2004.
  22. 67
    It's convincing as everything but a piece of good filmmaking.
  23. It's the warmth and resolve and humility of the young men that keeps us going. It may be more ennobling than introspective, but these three earn their nobility.
  24. 60
    A borderline lazy but nonetheless compelling documentary co-produced by National Geographic.
  25. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    This is a film that adds to our understanding of human nature. Yet its impact is lessened by a lack of factual context, and by an inspirational climax that may leave one feeling good and uneasy in equal measure.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. brianl
    Jan 30, 2009
    This was a very big eye opener, this documentary is excellent.
  2. AndrewK.
    Mar 20, 2007
    A wonderful film. Very educational. Having never seen "Lost Boys," I can't know if this film was as good, but for someone who knew A wonderful film. Very educational. Having never seen "Lost Boys," I can't know if this film was as good, but for someone who knew nothing of the issue at hand, I found it to be a very good film. The boys whose lives we follow are so inspiring to me because they possess more will power, more moral strength, and more determination than I could ever hope to achieve. This is one of those films that makes you look at yourself and at our country, and realize both how lucky we are and how selfish. I'm glad that these guys were able to improve their lives by coming here, but I think it's a shame that we were not able to do more for them. And it has more to do with the way we are structured as a society than anything else. The refugees question our ability to get through our lives with so little social interaction...with such hostility toward people we don't know. And it makes you realize what a culture of fear we live in. I came out of this film feeling very confused about the way in which I live my life and the direction that we are headed as a country. And that's what makes this such an important film. It makes you think. Full Review »
  3. HeidiF.
    Feb 22, 2007
    This is one of the best films I have ever seen! It makes you think about what is really important in life. These boys are here in the U.S. so This is one of the best films I have ever seen! It makes you think about what is really important in life. These boys are here in the U.S. so we can help and teach them, but I feel it is "us" who need to be taught from them. The humor in the film was also great! Full Review »