Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema
Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2010)

Starting off with simple smash and grabs, and petty crime, Lucky Kunene quickly graduates to more aggressive heists such as armed robbery and carjacking. Soon, Lucky realizes he needs a bigger score to fulfill his goals of making it big,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 11, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

rags-to-riches tale cut from the same cloth as City of God, Goodfellas and Scarface.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The opening credits of Gangster's Paradise note that it was "inspired by real events." It would be more accurate to say that the film was inspired by Brian De Palma's Scarface and similar fare.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

The film captures the strife tearing the city apart, and how one man fought against the system and won in his own way, on his terms.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Writer-director Ralph Ziman strings it all together with slick competence, but given that leading man Rapulana Seiphemo does a persuasive line in moral ambiguity, it's disappointing that the proceedings too often default to glib shoot-'em-up.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Startlingly original, if occasionally overambitious. This is Tsotsi without the feel-good glow, a tale of entrepreneurship's perils and boundless pleasures.

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Sophie Ivan

It's hard not to feel such complex, dramatically rich subject matter merits a less prosaic treatment.

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Mike Hale
New York Times

It's easy to overlook the formulas and just enjoy the ride.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

Though South Africa's racial strife is frequently invoked, sociopolitical inquiry takes a backseat to creaky gangster-cinema tropes.

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Lee Griffiths
Little White Lies

Despite the familiar ground, Ralph Ziman manages to orchestrate an engrossing and energetic film full of memorable characters and a wicked soundtrack.