The Bang Bang Club
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The Bang Bang Club is the true story of four young combat photographers bonded by friendship and their sense of purpose to tell the truth. They risk their lives and use their cameras to tell the world of the violence associated with the first free elections in post-Apartheid South Africa. Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch star in a film that explores the thrills, danger, and moral questions associated with exposing the truth. -- (C) tribeca

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A queasy mix of high-toned intentions and commercial compromises."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"This is one of those relatively rare movies that gets better and smarter as it goes along..."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Silver offers no easy way out of his moral maze, just an unflinching look at conflict and its impact both on the perpetrators and those who watch."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"It's heavy stuff, but the director supplement's his film with enough fluff to keep it both entertaining and informative."
‑ Daniel Hubschman, Hollywood.com
"Silver cut his teeth in documentaries and it shows in the skilled on-the-ground style of the camerawork. But visuals are only half the story and the plot doesn't keep up."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Seldom does "The Bang Bang Club" show much interest in the big picture of South Africa."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"This film is painstakingly detailed in its recreation of iconic events and images. It's also beautifully played by a superb cast, although the story is undermined by unnecessary sideplots."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The production is too glossy for the deadly serious and viscerally real subject matter in this photojournalist thriller."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Silver's execution lacks elegance or great dramatic structure, but it works well enough to tell an urgent story that defined an era, and continues to define our times."
‑ Katherine Monk, National Post
""The Bang Bang Club" divulges little insight into what keeps this dangerous brotherhood banging away around the world."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"The story has heat, even if the movie is more entranced with its subjects than in what they're trying to achieve."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Impressively directed, strikingly shot and superbly acted drama that tells an intriguing true story and asks some thought-provoking questions about the nature of journalism."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"It's definitely something worth seeking out, and a must-see if you have any interest in the ethics of modern reporting."
‑ Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Silver's recreation of actual events has an almost tangible energy that recalls Paul Greengrass's work."
‑ Norm Schrager, Filmcritic.com
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