Hotel Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Ten years ago some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind took place in the country of Rwanda--and in an era of high-speed communication and round the clock news, the events went almost unnoticed by the rest of the world. In only… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 22, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A sobering and heartfelt tale about massacre that took place in Rwanda while most of the world looked away.

Time Out

There's a tidiness and sense of convenience in the film's stock characterisations and button-pushing plotting that detracts from its impact. The film doesn't just contrive to contain the slaughter, but also its own anger.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

The great strength of Hotel Rwanda is that it's not about superhuman heroism but simply about human decency.

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Nick Rogers

Like "Schindler's List," "Hotel Rwanda" shows how the madness of genocide and war converted one man's context of wealth and success from capitalism to humanitarianism. Don Cheadle honors Paul Rusesabagina by tapping his brave face and internal rage.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Showing traces of the well-meaning paternalism that dogs many Western films about Africa, Hotel Rwanda doesn't go far enough in indicting Europeans and Americans for protecting their own while failing to intervene in time to stop the mass killings.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The almost forgotten but all too real African genocide documented in Hotel Rwanda hits us as suddenly and as hard as it does Paul Rusesabagina, the accidental hero played so masterfully by Don Cheadle.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

potentially fantastic material...unfortunately, [Terry] George's attempt is too mired in movie-of-the-week do any justice to its subject matter

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Move past the big picture, of race hatred, arbitrary maps and guilt over what the UN and the West can't or won't do, and find the human story within the inhumanity of war.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It has a genuine power: the ability of film to beam light onto dark days of history, making it impossible for us to look away, reminding us of what we should never forget.

Cole Smithey

Don Cheadle gives a beautifully restrained tour de force performance as a singular voice of reason at the epicenter of writer/director Terry George's depiction of Rwanda's outbreak of genocide in 1994 when Hutu militias slaughtered one million Tutsis with

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
The film is powerful and moving, but that's got more to do with knowing the horrible events actually took place -- not because of anything special about… More
Kevin M. Williams
The backstory here is genocide ... one hell of a place to start and an lmmersion into reality usually reserved for documentarys with grainy, out-of-focus… More
Spencer S.
During the early nineties there was an infinite increase in genocide, very prevalent in Africa. The killing in Rwanda was based on a class system that had been… More
Sergio Garcia
I have no words. Another movie based on a true story. The story worths the ticket and I never expect the great Cheadle's performance. This is what makes… More
xGary Xx
Like The Killing Fields, Salvador and Schindler's List before it, Hotel Rwanda catalogues yet another example of the human race's remarkable talent… More
Kase Vollebregt
Heartbreaking and emotional movie, with a great performance from Cheadle. One of his best, in fact.