Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
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  1. 100
    Enraging and enthralling.
  2. An articulate plea to Westerners not to repeat these terrible sins of omission.
  3. 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.
  4. Not a striking film visually. It's deliberately plain looking, focused on the appalling events with an almost documentary immediacy.
  5. 88
    One of the year's best.
  6. 83
    Cheadle's performance elevates Hotel Rwanda, making it a film that does justice to the tragedy it commemorates.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    88
    By turns harrowing and stirring, it’s a shame-inducing history lesson that never feels like a lecture.
  8. 88
    This role could represent a career performance for Cheadle, whose forceful and multi-dimensional portrayal keeps Hotel Rwanda at a consistently high level.
  9. 90
    A startlingly effective and upsetting political melodrama.
  10. An extraordinary and effective film.
  11. 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.
  12. Cheadle impressively carries the entire picture, delivering the kind of note-perfect performance that's absolutely deserving of Oscar consideration.
  13. 90
    The film turns into a triumph for Don Cheadle, who never steps outside the character for emotional grandstanding or easy moralism.
  14. 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.
  15. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    100
    Emerges as an African version of "Schindler's List."
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 240 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 »