In My Country
In My Country (2005)

Langston Whitfield is a Washington Post journalist. His editor provocatively sends him to South Africa to cover the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, in which the perpetrators of murder and torture on both sides during the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 11, 2005
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2005
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Critic Score: 22% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A well-intentioned but melodramatic look at post-Apartheid South Africa.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

It shows what can go wrong when a good-intentioned filmmaker mixes historical tragedy with Hollywood banality.

Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

Black, white and clunky.

Cole Smithey

In spite of narrative missteps that negate the possibility of an empathetic protagonist, "In My Country" does viably introduce the African principle of "Ubuntu" whereby evil transgressions are absolved rather than revenged.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Ostensibly about the aftermath of apartheid, but the pain of a people serves only as a backdrop for the most contrived of love stories.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Need[s] to be seen, as essential history and as demonstration of a form of social reckoning where compassion triumphs over passion, and the olive branch over the gun.

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

A familiar, superficial lesson.

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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Is it a docudrama about South Africa's post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings? Or is it love story? The problem with In My Country is that it tries to be both.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Failing to get beyond trite Hollywood romantic conventions, sermonizing caricatures and 'I was just following orders' explanations does a great disservice to history.

Scott Weinberg

Points for trying and all, but this particular chapter of South Africa's history deserves a movie a bit more sincere -- and a lot less corny.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
This movie moved at a snails pace. Its a serious and sad subject, but the way it was presented made it seem secondary to the budding, uninteresting romance.