Shake Hands with the Devil
Shake Hands with the Devil (2010)

Director Roger Spottiswoode brings a very special film realization of the acclaimed best-seller by General Roméo Dallaire to the screen in "Shake Hands with the Devil," the story of a Canadian commander torn between his duty and… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 29, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephen Holden
New York Times

The best that can be said of the film is that it is an honorable dud.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Gets [close] to the heart of the matter.

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

What ultimately characterizes Shake Hands with the Devil is its cumbersome sense of contrition, but the film seems only foggily aware of what its apologizing for.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

Dallaire's stalwart stoicism offsets the horrors on display, which are filmed with expectedly solemn slickness.

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Scott Foundas

[Director] Spottiswoode's lackluster film fails to offer any fresh perspective on these now well-known events.

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S. James Wegg

Then as now, the world recoils as the various documentations of those horrors become available for all who wish to see.

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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice

Though the film, based on Dallaire's memoir, can veer toward deification of the general, it's hugely effective in illustrating the grotesque power plays that led to the deaths of more than 800,000 Tutsis.

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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

Despite being filmed in many of those actual Rwandan locations, Shake Hands with the Devil is frustratingly distancing.

Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The filmmaking is a bit scrappy. Still, it's worth seeing.

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