Beyond the Gates
Beyond the Gates (2005)

Two outsiders witness an onslaught of bloody Rwandan genocide in this fact-based drama from director Michael Caton-Jones (Scandal). In 1994, Joe Connor (Hugh Dancy) is a British schoolteacher who has volunteered to spend a year at the École… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 8, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Complex, human characters and on-location shooting give Beyond the Gates palpable tension and urgency.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This is a spiritual drama, not a political one, drawing a thick line between our good intentions and the selfish choices we ultimately make.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

There's little respite from the terrible history that this film retells just a determination (made stronger by the faces we see after the credits) to tell it, to be sure that history doesn't forget.

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Christian Toto
Washington Times

Beyond the Gates takes an unflinching look at the start of the Rwandan genocide.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Though less reassuring and not as dramatically coherent as Hotel Rwanda, it still packs a hard punch.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

A gripping fictionalized account of a 1994 incident in Rwanda that became a shocking emblem of the Rwandan Hutus' mass slaughter of the Tutsis.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It simply presents, and assumes that we have the inherent morality to understand that what we are watching is evil.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Movies about Africa often fall into this trap. Righteous indignation is the exclusive province of non-Africans.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

By keeping most of the action contained to the school grounds and immediate environs, director Michael Caton-Jones creates a claustrophobic atmosphere where fear can fester.

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

The film grinds inexorably toward its unsurprising and terrible conclusion with infinite grace but no real suspense.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Thematically similar to Hotel Rwanda this movie about the genocide of 1994 presents an equally hopeless situation as the angry mob gathers outside a school,… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]It would be the easiest thing in the world to simply write off "Beyond the Gates" as another tearjerker but it has got more… More
Leo L
OUTSTANDING MOVIE!! Here's an amazing movie that depicts upon human tragedy that occurred in 1994 Rwanda. Highly touching story plot. Amazing performances… More