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  • Summary: Set amidst the bustling townships of Johannesburg and infused with the pumping high-energy Kwaito music of the top South African artist Zola, Tsotsi is an extraordinary portrait of the choices we make in life and the personal triumph that comes from choosing love over rage. (Miramax Films)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    100
    Powerful crime drama does more than just expose the criminal underbelly of South African township life.
  2. As Tsotsi, Chweneyagae turns his face into a living battle mask -- curved, molded and sandpapered into smooth ruthlessness. But as the story unfolds, Tsotsi's mask begins to crack, and his humanity begins to flow through.
  3. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    80
    Tsotsi emerges as being among the finest films ever to come out of Africa. It is a brilliant, jolting and altogether powerful blast of energy and emotion.
  4. 75
    Aside from its South African setting and flavor, there isn't a lot in Tsotsi that differs from its legion of similar Hollywood counterparts. But the movie's heart, along with Hood's refusal to sugarcoat the grim reality, wins you over no matter how many times you've seen this story told.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    It's a solid, earnest drama of moral redemption that places old cliches in an unfamiliar setting.
  6. Whatever its weaknesses, Tsotsi is redeemed by its excellent performances.
  7. What Tsotsi fails to explain is how the mere introduction of a baby can melt the cruel cycle of criminality and disregard for others.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. JoyH.
    Mar 3, 2006
    10
    An excellent film with flawless acting. It definitely leaves an audience speechless. Tsotsi opens our eyes to a world so unlike our own that An excellent film with flawless acting. It definitely leaves an audience speechless. Tsotsi opens our eyes to a world so unlike our own that we can't help but be changed and moved. This film deserves an Oscar! Expand
  2. MDawg
    Sep 8, 2006
    10
    It has been a month since I've seen the movie and I'm still thinking about the powerful ending. Great movie. Gritty yet poignant.
  3. Feb 28, 2013
    10
    I really liked this movie, when I submit a review for a film, I think of the "bad" parts that brings the movie down from a 10, but I reallyI really liked this movie, when I submit a review for a film, I think of the "bad" parts that brings the movie down from a 10, but I really can't think of any, the story was great, it had such a high level of realism, and I even began to care about some of the characters near the end. Expand
  4. SusanL.
    May 25, 2006
    8
    I took my kids , 11 and 14 to see it. There was just enough of a sense of the poverty and rage as to teach not too much to overwhelm.
  5. RobertI.
    Dec 2, 2007
    7
    Leaves you with a knot in your stomach, for the situation, the people, the grinding poverty, and cruelty of a large segment of human life. Leaves you with a knot in your stomach, for the situation, the people, the grinding poverty, and cruelty of a large segment of human life. affecting performances bring it to life. Expand
  6. MarcK.
    Feb 24, 2006
    7
    I'd have to say my feelings are similar to what was said by the ReelViews critic...and I would also make this a 7.5 rating if I were I'd have to say my feelings are similar to what was said by the ReelViews critic...and I would also make this a 7.5 rating if I were allowed to do that here. It's still early, but this has a great chance to be in my best 10 film list (US Releases) for 2006. Definitely deserves it's Oscar nomination, and definitely deserves a look-see. Expand
  7. JaneanP.
    Apr 14, 2006
    3
    Worse than Crash; between this and Joyeux Noel, I've lost faith in any Oscar nominee being worth watching.

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