Rising From Ashes
Rising From Ashes (2013)

"Rising from Ashes" is a feature length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 11, 2013
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Essentially a sports documentary with the look and feel of an ESPN program, "Rising from Ashes" nevertheless has broad, inspirational appeal on a human level.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

This feel-good sports doc brings a little-known story to compelling life.

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Jim Schembri
3AW

Inspiring, tough-hearted documentary about the formation of the Rwandan cycling team in the wake of the 1994 genocide.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This is an inspiring tale of a nation, and a man, not wanting to be judged by past misdeeds.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Ashes is joyous and uplifting, full of spirit, memorable athletes (including Olympian Adrien Niyonshuti) and remarkable achievements, both big and small.

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Aaron Yap
Flicks.co.nz

We're invited to bask in the achievements of Team Rwanda, but it's difficult to when confronted with the lingering intrigue surrounding Boyer's story.

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Dennis Harvey
Variety

Engaging personalities and lively, good-looking assembly make T.C. Johnstone's inspirational sports docu a crowdpleaser.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Though the subject inspires, Johnstone's treatment lacks focus and edge, falling back on platitudes, sentiment, and generalities when clarity is what is needed.

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Eddie Cockrell
The Australian

So while the subjects explored in Rising from Ashes are worthy of contemplation, the methodology of doing so puts the brakes on the film's ability to inspire and persuade.

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