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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

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Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

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  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Structural shortcomings and all -- gives a neglected giant of African independence his due.
  2. Gives a white-knuckled, you-are-there account of a politician's dilemma, one whose repercussions are still felt in Africa.
  3. The film does succeed in making the story universal, giving us the drama as well as the history, the fire as well as cool examination. It's a movie that haunts you afterward.