Hotel Rwanda
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Ten years ago some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind took place in the country of Rwanda--and in an era of high-speed communication and round the clock news, the events went almost unnoticed by the rest of the world. In only three months, one million people were brutally murdered. In the face of these unspeakable actions, inspired by his love for his family, an ordinary man summons extraordinary courage to save the lives of over a thousand helpless refugees, by granting them shelter in the hotel he manages.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"There's a tidiness and sense of convenience in the film's stock characterisations and button-pushing plotting that detracts from its impact. The film doesn't just contrive to contain the slaughter, but also its own anger."
‑ , Time Out
"The great strength of Hotel Rwanda is that it's not about superhuman heroism but simply about human decency."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Like "Schindler's List," "Hotel Rwanda" shows how the madness of genocide and war converted one man's context of wealth and success from capitalism to humanitarianism. Don Cheadle honors Paul Rusesabagina by tapping his brave face and internal rage."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"This is a solid film, but it is the truth that holds the power, not the direction."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Cheadle is outstanding in his first major lead role, one where he is present during practically every important moment in this story."
‑ CT Staff, Christianity Today
"Showing traces of the well-meaning paternalism that dogs many Western films about Africa, Hotel Rwanda doesn't go far enough in indicting Europeans and Americans for protecting their own while failing to intervene in time to stop the mass killings."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"The almost forgotten but all too real African genocide documented in Hotel Rwanda hits us as suddenly and as hard as it does Paul Rusesabagina, the accidental hero played so masterfully by Don Cheadle."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"potentially fantastic material...unfortunately, [Terry] George's attempt is too mired in movie-of-the-week do any justice to its subject matter"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"The film belongs to Don Cheadle as Paul and, not surprisingly, he walks away with it."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Who cares about overdone orchestral blasts or signpost-waving lines of dialogue when such raw, naked, painful humanity is displayed by Don Cheadle in the central role?"
‑ Dan Jolin, Empire Magazine
"Move past the big picture, of race hatred, arbitrary maps and guilt over what the UN and the West can't or won't do, and find the human story within the inhumanity of war."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"It has a genuine power: the ability of film to beam light onto dark days of history, making it impossible for us to look away, reminding us of what we should never forget."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Don Cheadle gives a beautifully restrained tour de force performance as a singular voice of reason at the epicenter of writer/director Terry George's depiction of Rwanda's outbreak of genocide in 1994 when Hutu militias slaughtered one million Tutsis with"
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The filmmakers want to respect history and not exploit it as so much slasher movie fodder."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Cheadle has an Oscar nomination for best actor. But this isn't a grandstanding portrayal: it is a performance at the service of the work."
‑ Philippa Hawker, Sydney Morning Herald
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