• Studio: AFFRM
  • Release Date: Nov 30, 2011
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 11, 2012
    100
    After seeing Kinyarwanda, I have a different kind of feeling about the genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994. The film approaches it not as a story line but as a series of intense personal moments.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Feb 11, 2012
    90
    Cast with both professional and novice actors (which results in uneven performances), the beautifully shot film is filled with exquisite moments.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Feb 11, 2012
    75
    By detailing the allegiance between Tutsi Muslims and Christian Hutus, and the fatwa issued by a Muslim leader forbidding his followers to participate in the massacres, the film is hopeful rather than horrific, even as it describes events of impossible savagery and hate.
  4. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Feb 11, 2012
    70
    This ambitious first feature film about the period made entirely by Rwandans (shot in a remarkable 16 days), while hardly an all-inclusive look at this complex conflict, paints a heartfelt, fairly restrained picture of a nation under siege.
  5. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Feb 11, 2012
    60
    Dry but thoughtful drama.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Feb 11, 2012
    30
    Doubly disappointing considering that it marks the first feature by Rwandan filmmakers to address the country's 1994 Hutu-on-Tutsi genocide, Kinyarwanda awkwardly and fitfully patches together a half-dozen story strands meant to provide a panoramic view of war and reconciliation.

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