The Agronomist

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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

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  1. ChadS.
    Jul 14, 2004
    7
    Is it just me, or do you expect a film you paid full admission for, to fill the screen? Don't get me wrong, "The Agronomist" is a must-see, but it could've very well been must-see TV. Jean Dominique did brave things, without a discernible trace of megalomania, and he probably didn't have any romantic notions about being a martyr; like, the perhaps, studied Tupac Shakur. Is it just me, or do you expect a film you paid full admission for, to fill the screen? Don't get me wrong, "The Agronomist" is a must-see, but it could've very well been must-see TV. Jean Dominique did brave things, without a discernible trace of megalomania, and he probably didn't have any romantic notions about being a martyr; like, the perhaps, studied Tupac Shakur. "The Agronomist" reminded me of "Tupac: Resurrection" when Dominique predicts his own death, and Demme's unobtrusive technique of allowing the deceased to pull a William Holden. To an American, a radio travesty is Howard Stern not being allowed to speak because of censorship, and if you're American, you have to concur it is. In "The Agronomist", Jean Dominique doesn't speak for the horny, he speaks for the poor, and Clear Channel isn't riddled with bullet holes like Radio Haiti. "The Agronomist" is merely, a good film, not good enough for wandering eyes to notice the 4 X 3 screen ratio, about an extraordinary man. Expand
  2. AcuatiA.
    Jul 17, 2004
    10
    Excellent Movie!

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 29
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  1. 80
    Demme's moving documentary turns the story of his dead friend into the story of Haiti.
  2. 70
    The film reveals a man whose wiry build, relentless passion, fearless guile, and bravery made him a beloved human rights activist in his strife-ridden country.
  3. Free speech isn't merely a shibboleth in The Agronomist. As embodied by Dominique, it's a fire-breathing force.