Oscar® nominee DON CHEADLE is "magnificent" (Roger Ebert) in this deeply moving true story about a five-star-hotel manager who used his wits and words to save more than 1,200 lives during the 1994 Rwandan conflict.
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Excellent but disturbing film is too intense for kids.
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Fresh: This is a solid film, but it is the truth that holds the power, not the direction.
- Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film, Thursday, July 2, 2009
Fresh: The great strength of Hotel Rwanda is that it's not about superhuman heroism but simply about human decency.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, January 7, 2005
Rotten: If Schindler's List] had never been made, Hotel Rwanda might seem better than it does, and probably better than it is.
- Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News, Thursday, January 6, 2005
Like The Killing Fields, Salvador and Schindler's List before it, Hotel Rwanda catalogues yet another example of the human race's remarkable talent for inhumanity. Don Cheadle gives a career best performance as a hotel manager who uses all his intelligence and guile to help save over 1200 refugees from the genocidal rampage of Hutu militants. The rest of the cast also put in the kind of committed performances actors give when they truly believe that a story must be told and although it is a little manipulative, it's never heavy handed or clumsy. I must admit, I didn't realise that the cultural segregation of the Tutsis and the Hutus was just an arbitrary division created by long gone occupying colonialism and the film gives a welcome lesson in the cause and nature of the conflict. It also serves as yet another reminder that the opulent west is very good at making worthy popular entertainment that documents such atrocities, even shedding a tear when reminded of their existence. But we never seem to do a damn thing when it actually counts.
- garyX, Thursday, July 5, 2012
The backstory here is genocide ... one hell of a place to start and an lmmersion into reality usually reserved for documentarys with grainy, out-of-focus footage. But the mainstory here, in glorious cinematic values, is a true action tale about one man's determination only for decency, humanity, when the world around him contradicts. Kudos to writer/director Terry George for revealing a side of humanity nobody likes, yet exists nonetheless, and to Don Cheadle's steady portrayal of an everyman in extraordinary times.
- ApeneckFletcher, Friday, May 11, 2012