Box art for Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available


OscarĀ® 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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

ON for kids age 15
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
5 out of 5

Excellent but disturbing film is too intense for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie includes a realistic, though mostly non-graphic, depiction of genocide and compellingly portrays the sense of horror and insanity. Characters drink, smoke, and use some mild language.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about about the slaughter in Rwanda and how the role of the UN and other nations is determined. Families could also talk about the way that an ordinary man became capable of extraordinary courage. How do we know what we would do? How do we make sure we do the right thing?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    reviews counted: 28
    see all Hotel Rwanda reviews
  • Audience


Top Critic Reviews

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

Audience Reviews

3 stars

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

4 stars

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

0 star

Annoying and preachy as hell. A Film so self-important that it makes me sick. One of those "look! we are making a movie with message here!" - films. It is kinda Schindlers List goes Rwanda and that is just plain awful idea of a movie.

- emilkakko, Saturday, January 7, 2012