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Shake Hands with the Devil
Director Roger Spottiswoode brings a very special film realization of the acclaimed best-seller by General Roméo Dallaire to the screen in "Shake Hands with the Devil," the story of a Canadian commander torn between his duty and his conscience when he finds himself eyewitness to hell on Earth. In 1993, the United Nations dispatches Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire (Roy Dupuis) to far off Rwanda to oversee a fragile cease-fire. A brilliant, workaholic officer and charismatic commander, Dallaire encounters the shabby reality of a typical UN peacekeeping operation: under-funded,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

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"The best that can be said of the film is that it is an honorable dud."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Gets [close] to the heart of the matter."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"What ultimately characterizes Shake Hands with the Devil is its cumbersome sense of contrition, but the film seems only foggily aware of what its apologizing for."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Beautifully filmed, brutally frank, and forceful in its political message - in support of active peacekeeping - this is a powerful film that's not to be missed."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Dallaire's stalwart stoicism offsets the horrors on display, which are filmed with expectedly solemn slickness."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"[Director] Spottiswoode's lackluster film fails to offer any fresh perspective on these now well-known events."
‑ Scott Foundas, Variety
"Then as now, the world recoils as the various documentations of those horrors become available for all who wish to see."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"...suffers from a vibe of familiarity that ultimately prevents it from making any kind of a real impact."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Though the film, based on Dallaire's memoir, can veer toward deification of the general, it's hugely effective in illustrating the grotesque power plays that led to the deaths of more than 800,000 Tutsis."
‑ Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
"Despite being filmed in many of those actual Rwandan locations, Shake Hands with the Devil is frustratingly distancing."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"The filmmaking is a bit scrappy. Still, it's worth seeing."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
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