Hotel Rwanda

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79

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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 292 Ratings

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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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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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 147
  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. Jan 9, 2016
    10
    One of my favourite movies. I also feel like this is pretty accurate of what's happening in middle east & what happened in nazi germany. IOne of my favourite movies. I also feel like this is pretty accurate of what's happening in middle east & what happened in nazi germany. I also like how the head character changes his view on the situation and risks everything he owns for the people he didn't seem to care much about in the beginning. Expand
  3. NoahS
    Oct 13, 2006
    10
    An oustanding film that deserved it's acclaim.
  4. royr
    Dec 24, 2008
    10
    Film threat- africa is experiencing the various messes it has because of the exact traits that some african leaders have that you say this Film threat- africa is experiencing the various messes it has because of the exact traits that some african leaders have that you say this film negatively depicts. for god sake man, how could an atrocity like this happen where sensibility and intelligence reigned? look no further than robert mugabe to see that the faults pointed out in some african leaderships, in this film are very accurately depicted. Expand
  5. ForettaW
    Jun 13, 2010
    10
    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 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? Collapse
  6. DouglasR.
    Aug 2, 2006
    9
    A truly emotional movie that highlights the disgraceful neglect of atrocities that occur in Africa. For the family featured it was a happy A truly emotional movie that highlights the disgraceful neglect of atrocities that occur in Africa. For the family featured it was a happy ending unlike for millions of others. 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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