Half of a Yellow Sun
Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)

Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Upon returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 16, 2014
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2014
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While it doesn't quite do justice to the source material, Half of a Yellow Sun adapts Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel with committed performances and narrative nuance.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Biyi Bandele has excerpted their story from a much wider-ranging narrative, but the action here is still so tightly compressed that this feels like a precis for a movie twice its length.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

"Half of a Yellow Sun" winds up being one of those movies in which a pesky event of great historical import keeps getting in the way of a soap-opera romance.

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

An ambitious film worthy of attention, regrettably it doesn't come together quite as powerfully as you'd hope.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

The best of the movie finds a way to abridge the novel and still allow the scenes to breathe.

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Mary Houlihan
Chicago Sun-Times

The result is that melodramatic soap opera elements win out over Bandele's attempts at stirring historical drama. That said, it's still a story worth telling.

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Siobhan Murphy
Metro (UK)

A case of laudable ambition collapsed into episodic box-ticking.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Like many a lengthy novel, it might have worked better as a television series.

Tom Long
Detroit News

"Half of a Yellow Sun" deals with human tragedy, but it never really makes a human connection.

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T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette

The plot goes everywhere and nowhere, coming across as a disconnected series of events rather than a unified whole. Ejiofor and Newton offer solid but unexceptional performances, as though hampered by the director's lack of vision.

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