Tsotsi (Thug)
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An amoral teenager develops an unexpected paternal side in this powerful drama from South Africa. Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae) is the street name used by a young Johannesburg delinquent who has taken to a life of crime in order to support himself. Tsotsi comes from a blighted upbringing -- his mother died slowly from AIDS-related illnesses, and his father was torturously abusive -- and he has developed a talent for violence borne of necessity as well as taking strange pleasure in hurting other people. One evening, Tsotsi shoots a woman while stealing her car, and only later discovers that her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is a first peek at a South Africa that doesn't need a Hollywood studio or Hollywood stars to present itself to the world, or to come to grips with itself at home."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A deeply moving portrait of a human being, suffering in life and not having any handle on how to deal with it. It's tragedy, not melodrama."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"It's a redemption song that could be stripped down into a Hallmark-esque distillation of "City of God." Instead, it retains a minor key, with bullets, blood and beatings illustrating a descent into dangerous living while a baby's presence suggests hope."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"...an emotionally honest tale of redemption that does not ignore the fact that we live in a world of cause and consequence."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, BrandonFibbs.com
"Don't be fooled by the subtitles and the egg head accolades. This pretentious mess is just another country's version of 50 Cent-style fare."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"Unfolds in such clear-eyed, powerful fashion that its characters become unforgettable, and the movie lands a big-time emotional punch."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"The picture can be squishy and obvious. Yet it works, thanks to Gavin Hood's straightforward, sensitive direction and his star's emotionally charged performance."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Fraudulent, patronizing, and empty"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The Johannesburg equivalent of any stateside gangster fairy tale, Tsotsi actually feels even more forced than Hollywood's modern urban dramas."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
"Un drama urbano duro y conmovedor, si bien algo previsible, con un estupendo protagonista. Una película realmente atendible que nos acerca al infrecuente cine sudafricano."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"To feel the full power of the movie's wrenching story, you must not rush to judge or embrace young Tsotsi. He is an enigma whose journey is the story."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"[Director] Hood gives the film energy by its unexpected locations, a score both jolting and soaring, and a carefully constructed screenplay that makes everyone in this film a dimensional, complicated character."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Gavin Hood's Oscar-nominated tale about a young South African gangster who gets an unexpected chance at redemption is literally a world apart from anything produced by Hollywood."
‑ Betsy Bozdech, Hollywood.com
"Memorable, with a terrific performance by Presley Chweneyagae as Tsotsi that burns in its contained rage."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"This powerful story, reminiscent of Dostoyevsky's 'Crime and Punishment,' is told with a minimum of dialogue."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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