Half of a Yellow Sun
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In Theaters May 16 (30 days)
This is an epic love-story weaving together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of war.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This well-acted adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's award-winning novel starts like a college soap opera, before turning into a Nigerian Gone with the Wind."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Ejiofor's role might not be as gruelling as his turn in 12 Years a Slave but he gives a nuanced and powerful performance as another character whose certainties about his life are undermined by brute circumstance."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is on top form in this Nigerian Civil War drama."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
"Oh what a lovely film! As romance and history, this is by turns funny and tragic, suspenseful and celebratory, and never less than solidly entertaining."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Everything seems off-target, minor, as though the story (which is at times unforgivably unclear) isn't being dramatised so much as merely acted out and hurried through."
‑ Antonia Quirke, Financial Times
"The road to mediocrity is paved with good intentions ..."
‑ Xan Brooks, Observer [UK]
"A valiant, but ultimately disappointing attempt to adapt a sprawling modern literary classic."
‑ Ashley Clark, Film4
"The film is elevated by committed performances, and Bandele stages set-pieces, like a wedding under shellfire, with cinematic flair."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"A sweeping melodrama that needed a bigger budget but this is still a moving tale."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Where the book was expansive in its reach, Bandele's film makes for a rather cramped two hours. Worse, it sometimes appears naggingly detached from the upheavals it is attempting to portray."
‑ Mike McCahill, Daily Telegraph
"Occasionally powerful but choppy drama set during the atrocity-strewn Nigerian civil war of the 1960s."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"[A] drab adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's prize-winning novel ..."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Strongly played by all four leads, Half of a Yellow Sun is sumptuous and enjoyable, but there is just too much paint in this story for the canvas provided."
‑ Alan Bett, The Skinny
"Unfortunately, the film is often stately and sluggish with some very daytime-soapy moments of emotional revelation."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"Despite strong performances and plenty of incident, writer and director Biyi Bandele fails to establish the narrative's wider national and political context, and the film is ultimately insubstantial as a result."
‑ Paul Gallagher, The List
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