Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    It's an account of what helplessness does to a man whose philosophy of life has been founded on decisive action.
  2. Wrenching on both personal and political levels.
  3. 90
    In some ways Shake Hands With the Devil hits harder than either "Hotel Rwanda" or the recent HBO film "Sometimes in April."
  4. 90
    Though it includes plenty of footage from those terrible days, this wonderful, devastating documentary is as much Dallaire's story as it is the story of a whole continent abandoned by a cynical world.
  5. 83
    Gripping, outraging documentary.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. M.Edison
    Jun 22, 2006
    10
    This documentary is a perfect accompaniment to the book, the General is a personal hero, and I applaud him for what he's done. Humanity This documentary is a perfect accompaniment to the book, the General is a personal hero, and I applaud him for what he's done. Humanity faced a test with Rwanda and we failed it but in his refusal to allow us to forget Rwanda, General Dallaire has not. Full Review »