Rosewood (1997)

In early January 1923, a tiny Florida town primarily inhabited by prosperous African American families was burned to the ground by angry whites from a neighboring town. Neither the perpetrators nor the victims spoke of the incident.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 21, 1997
DVD Release Date: September 9, 1997
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Rhames' gravity and grace, Voight's pinched anguish as he wills himself to do right, the moving work of actors like Don Cheadle and Esther Rolle do much to redeem this film for human if not historical reality.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

Rosewood is startling, infuriating, painful history played out as a not-very-satisfying, overly ambitious and overlong movie.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

The intentions are unassailable: to dramatize a forgotten injustice and sear it into contemporary memory so it's never allowed to happen again. But the movie is long and didactic, undermined by the faintly pious air of an educational slide show.

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Todd McCarthy

Although it increasingly succumbs to a tendency toward conventional movie heroics, John Singleton's fourth film tells a story of rare interest and tragedy...

Janet Maslin
New York Times

Neither the film's smug white bigots nor its uniformly noble blacks are well served by such oversimplification.

Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Stirring story, indifferently realized.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

The need to bear witness against atrocity, to testify that something wicked this way came, is the powerful drive that animates Rosewood, the story of an American tragedy so horrific no one talked about it for more than half a century.

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James Berardinelli

An epic that stands alone in the latter weeks of a dismal movie winter.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

John Singleton, with Rosewood, proves himself to be a capable and talented director, bringing to life a piece of violent American history that some would have preferred left unremembered.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Curtis Lilly
Look! as mobs of scary southerners hang black people for no reason. Watch! as Jon Voight shows his scary old man butt. See! as Ving Rhames kicks craker ass… More
Stephen Earnest
To this day racism is a heated and frequently-discussed topic, even though the term has come to mean something entirely different today than it did back then.… More
Michael S
Powerfull; and unfairly forgotten/underrated.
Leo L
Great movie!
Cameron Johnson
At long last, we have a potent portrait on a fact that all too many people forget, or at least try to forget, and never should. Sure, some would argue that this… More

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