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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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  1. Positive: 28 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 100
    What a simple and yet profound story this is.
  2. 80
    Made with local talent by a South African director, Tsotsi is lifted above the current slew of movies portraying Africa as a helpless victim of its many problems, redeemable only by sympathetic white Westerners (as in John Boorman’s sermonizing 2004 drama "In My Country," and to a lesser degree "The Constant Gardener"), by its vigorously transcendent spirit of self-help.
  3. Brutal but believable, the film in some ways harks back to early Hollywood, when Jimmy Cagney or Richard Widmark played callow villains out of their depth in everyday life.
  4. To enjoy it, you have to make a leap of faith wide enough to sail over a Grand Canyon of disbelief.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It's a solid, earnest drama of moral redemption that places old cliches in an unfamiliar setting.
  6. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Powered by a pounding soundtrack of dance hall Kwaito music, the pic has vital, urban energy similar to the Brazilian crossover "City of God" but with a tauter, more conventional storyline.
  7. 50
    In trying to find the decency in a killer, the film anxiously accounts for his every misdeed. It's a little like watching "City Of God" morph into "Three Men And A Baby."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Feb 28, 2013
    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 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
  2. May 1, 2011
    Although there is plenty to praise about, the excess emotional involvement of the thug from the slums of JoBurg leaves a strong Hollywood aftertaste in the mouth. Collapse
  3. Mar 1, 2011
    Stretched out, nice idea but poor realisation. Main character great, book is much better. It took me 3 days to watch it properly so thats one of the reasons for only 6 points. Expand

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