Catch a Fire
Catch a Fire (2006)

Based on the real-life story of Patrick Chamusso, this political thriller spans the years from South Africa's turbulent 1980s to the present day. Patrick is an oil refinery employee and soccer player who is apolitical--until he and his… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 30, 2007
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71%



Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: No stranger to the political thriller, director Phillip Noyce tackles apartheid and terrorism with experienced gusto, while Derek Luke and Tim Robbins hand in nuanced performances.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

At its best when making the most of the conflicts at the heart of apartheid.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

Catch a Fire is confident enough to depict the battle from all sides.

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

It doesn't quite have the adrenaline to be a great thriller, but Catch a Fire makes up for it with compelling characters and a genuinely important theme, skillfully told. There's not much else you can ask from a film than that.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Despite Mr. Noyce's attempt to achieve a sense of balance and restraint, the material covers an overly familiar landscape with no special insight or sense of purpose.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

[The film is] complex. It's rich. I think it's well-done.

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Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media

Gritty apartheid drama pushes PG-13 limits.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Catch a Fire ignites, incites and informs as few other movies of the fall do.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Robbins tips the balance with his one-dimensional performance, and the earnest script follows in kind, settling for the sort of paternalistic take on black power and dignity that has dogged virtually every film like this.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

If Derek Luke's performance is anything to go by, than we might just have the next great actor of this generation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
3 3/4's..Decent bio-drama. A little rough around the edges, but decently done. Derek Luke does a fine job. The story of what happened in this country is… More
Dan Schultz
A well-documented thriller that features a powerhouse performance from Derek Luke as a man descending into hatred and rebellion after government wrecks his… More
danny d
great film. derek luke and tim robbins put out two great performances and at times in the flick youre not sure which side to root for even though you know… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"The spark that ignites us, unites us."</i> Patrick Chamusso is an honest oil refinery foreman. When he is interrogated about a… More
Wahida K
Liloh: <i>And I realized nothing has changed. And I dont think South Africa will be ever Free from Whites and their terror against em.</I> This… More
Lenny Muggsy
Descent film, not impacting enough to remember.

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