Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. 100
    Deep movie emotions for me usually come not when the characters are sad, but when they are good. You will see what I mean.
  2. 88
    This role could represent a career performance for Cheadle, whose forceful and multi-dimensional portrayal keeps Hotel Rwanda at a consistently high level.
  3. 88
    One of the year's best.
  4. An extraordinary and effective film.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    100
    Emerges as an African version of "Schindler's List."
  6. An articulate plea to Westerners not to repeat these terrible sins of omission.
  7. Not a striking film visually. It's deliberately plain looking, focused on the appalling events with an almost documentary immediacy.
  8. Several times, Hotel Rwanda teeters on the edge of making a unique, visionary statement about our times, but can't quite do it. Too bad. If it could have pulled itself together in one brilliant scene, this may have been a great movie, instead of just a very good one.
  9. 100
    Enraging and enthralling.
  10. 83
    Cheadle's performance elevates Hotel Rwanda, making it a film that does justice to the tragedy it commemorates.
  11. 90
    The film turns into a triumph for Don Cheadle, who never steps outside the character for emotional grandstanding or easy moralism.
  12. Cheadle impressively carries the entire picture, delivering the kind of note-perfect performance that's absolutely deserving of Oscar consideration.
  13. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    It is a powerful portrait of a slightly befuddled man who, when inhuman demands were placed on him, found within himself an unexpected response.
  14. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    88
    By turns harrowing and stirring, it’s a shame-inducing history lesson that never feels like a lecture.
  15. 90
    A startlingly effective and upsetting political melodrama.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 238 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 145
  1. Apr 17, 2015
    7
    I really like this movie, and the fact that was based on a true story makes it amazing. But....! I thing that need a little bit more action.I really like this movie, and the fact that was based on a true story makes it amazing. But....! I thing that need a little bit more action. Yes.... even more! Full Review »
  2. Mar 26, 2015
    8
    Hotel Rwanda is great. It tells it's story so well, that you cannot help but be compelled to watch more; you are spellbound, despite theHotel Rwanda is great. It tells it's story so well, that you cannot help but be compelled to watch more; you are spellbound, despite the horrific images and the sadness that comes with each scene. The movie is incredibly good and touching. Full Review »
  3. Jan 25, 2015
    8
    Pathos and hope comprise the main building blocks of Terry George's "Hotel Rwanda," a film that attains greatness - not just for itsPathos and hope comprise the main building blocks of Terry George's "Hotel Rwanda," a film that attains greatness - not just for its effortless storytelling ability, but also because of the significance that that story happens to possess. Full Review »