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  • Summary: Based on true events from the civil war in Rwanda, this film profiles Paul Rusesabagina (Cheadle), the manager of a luxury hotel who opened his establishment to Tutsi refugees despite the danger to himself and his family.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    100
    Emerges as an African version of "Schindler's List."
  2. Cheadle impressively carries the entire picture, delivering the kind of note-perfect performance that's absolutely deserving of Oscar consideration.
  3. 88
    This role could represent a career performance for Cheadle, whose forceful and multi-dimensional portrayal keeps Hotel Rwanda at a consistently high level.
  4. 80
    Cheadle's quiet, superbly modulated performance as an ordinary man driven to heroism by hellish events reminds us that the slogan "no justice, no peace" has a private as well as a public dimension.
  5. 78
    Scrappy, powerful, and shocking.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    I wish Hotel Rwanda felt like something more than a very, very good TV movie.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    40
    The film presents the Rwandans in the worst possible way: venal, corrupt, vicious, stupid, barbaric and completely incapable of governing themselves. Honestly, I've seen more intelligent and sympathetic depictions of Africans in Tarzan movies.

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  1. Negative: 14 out of 145
  1. ShaniceT.
    Jun 12, 2006
    10
    This is one of the best films of the new millennium. Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo deserved to win the Oscars that they were nominated for! This is one of the best films of the new millennium. Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo deserved to win the Oscars that they were nominated for! Their acting was breathtaking, and their chemistry was magical. Expand
  2. Mar 27, 2014
    10
    Es la lista de Schindler pero version africana que relata como un administrador de un hotel salva la vida de unos 1200 hutus y tutsisEs la lista de Schindler pero version africana que relata como un administrador de un hotel salva la vida de unos 1200 hutus y tutsis durante la guerra civil entre estas dos etnias, increiblemente rodada, grandes interpretaciones, esos momentos de gran tension, una pelicula que muestra la deshumanizacion de las personas, una de las mejores peliculas que he visto en mi vida. Expand
  3. NoahS
    Oct 13, 2006
    10
    An oustanding film that deserved it's acclaim.
  4. MattG.
    Jul 13, 2008
    10
    A truly outstanding and moving film. I challenge anyone with a decent IQ and a bit of humanity in them not to be moved by it. The A truly outstanding and moving film. I challenge anyone with a decent IQ and a bit of humanity in them not to be moved by it. The performances of the two leads are outstanding and the film conveys the full horror of the atrocities that occured. A film I am not ashamed to say moved me to tears but also left me feeling uncomfortable with my own apathy to the horrors that took place in the mid 90's. This film ranks as one of my favourite of all time not quite as good as the similar themed Schindlers List but equally as heart breaking. Expand
  5. IanR
    Jun 28, 2009
    10
    Whether what others say, this is certainly one of the best dramas out there. My intention to watch this film was really for suspense, but I Whether what others say, this is certainly one of the best dramas out there. My intention to watch this film was really for suspense, but I got more than what I expected. And this film goes to my list as the most moving film I have ever seen.Can't help but cry. Expand
  6. SamD.
    Dec 10, 2005
    9
    Beautifully acted, and portrayed. What people and critics must understand is that Rusesabagina was not a saint and that the Hutu population Beautifully acted, and portrayed. What people and critics must understand is that Rusesabagina was not a saint and that the Hutu population were not all evil and corrupt. Imagine having to choose, as a Hutu, whether to kill your neighbors and their children, or have yourself and your children be killed. That is what many of the nay-saying critics below do not understand. In that genocide there were three types of people; the Hutu extremists, the Tuitsi victims and the moderate Hutus. The extremists killed the other to groups bcause both were a threat to their goal: To wipe out the entire Tutsi population. At the end of thd movie, when the Tutsi "rebels" are shooting at the Hutus who are evacuating the country, it is also important to understand two more things; One, the group of Hutus running away is made up of mostly innocent Hutus but the Tutsi "Rebel" Army neither knows this or have the time to figure it out. Two, most of the "rebels" have lost family and friends to these people and therefore are pursuing reckless revenge, hence the "not caring" part. Truefully, this movie did not show ENOUGH bloodshed so it came off a little weak and civilized as to what it was: A barbaric GENOCIDE. Expand
  7. PatC.
    May 11, 2006
    7
    A good movie presenting a story that needed to be told. While emotionally and morally self-evident, it was strangely lacking in lasting A good movie presenting a story that needed to be told. While emotionally and morally self-evident, it was strangely lacking in lasting cerebral understanding. A film done well within the limits imposed on itself. Expand

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