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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
    75
    It's a solid, earnest drama of moral redemption that places old cliches in an unfamiliar setting.
  6. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    70
    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. 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 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 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. 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 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. Collapse
  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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