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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.
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  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. Cheadle impressively carries the entire picture, delivering the kind of note-perfect performance that's absolutely deserving of Oscar consideration.
  3. Not a striking film visually. It's deliberately plain looking, focused on the appalling events with an almost documentary immediacy.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Ultimately, one's reservations are overwhelmed by the story's urgency; it's impossible not to be shattered.
  5. 78
    Scrappy, powerful, and shocking.
  6. Throughout the film, Cheadle's eyes are constantly scanning his environment for opportunities or anything that may be amiss.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 142
  1. KennedyB.
    Jun 19, 2006
    One of the best films of the 21st century. I could not believe Hotel Rwanda was not nominated for Best Picture, it absolutely deserved it. Don Cheadle was great as usual, but Sophie Okonedo's performance really shocked me. This woman is amazing! Expand
  2. GarethC.
    Aug 28, 2005
    Wow! This movie was outstanding. How did Don Cheadle not win the Oscar for his performance. A deeply moving film with an inspirational performance. You MUST watch this movie. Expand
  3. Mar 27, 2014
    Es 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
  4. AstelleW.
    Dec 19, 2006
    Stunnning and compassionate film!
  5. PatrickS
    Feb 26, 2009
    ONe of the most inspiraional movies I have seen in a long time. It shows that no matter what and in the time of reckoning that one person can come out and change it for a country. Don Cheadle was brilliant and showed courage and teanacity to overcome the Hutu militia. Expand
  6. ForettaW
    Jun 13, 2010
    I was 11 when I watched this heartbreaking movie! I can say it made my tear up watching people being killed. I handled it well though because the point in my class was to see what is actually happening in the world of ours. It touched my heart so much! Wouldn't you think I am too young to watch a rated R movie? Expand
  7. PatC.
    May 11, 2006
    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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