Skin (2009)

A dark-skinned girl born to white South African parents attempts to explore her identity in the era of apartheid as her government, her parents, and society as a whole struggle with what it means to be a black child of Caucasian descent in… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 30, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2011
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill, and Alice Krige do wonderful work in Skin, delivering performances whose strength is underlined by the incredible real-life events upon which the movie is based.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Laing's life, despite its inherent melodrama, does not automatically lend itself to the screen. And without the aid of a smart script or a prevailing sense of delicacy, a movie about her or apartheid risks being a blunt instrument.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Every emotion is underscored with sugary music, every narrative plot progression telegraphed with the mechanical structural stiffness of a made-for-TV movie.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Sophie Okonedo beautifully portrays Laing as a confused and scared young woman who's forced to choose a color line, but not without her share of heartache and pain.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader


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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It feels hurried, looks cheap, and works overtime to simplify a complex, flawed character into a noble, tragic heroine. The film speaks fluent cliché.

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Intense family drama about race, identity during apartheid.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Potent, still relevant and inspiring while maddening, Skin shows some of our best and much of our worst.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This great film by Anthony Fabian tells this story through the eyes of a happy girl who grows into an outsider.

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Simon Foster

The most remarkable elements of the true story of Sandra Laing survive intact, despite a rather unremarkable bigscreen retelling of her life.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A true story converted to film usually is bastardised in the process, and while that is true here the strength of the story itself, about how we encourage… More
Jennifer Xu
The best moments of "Skin" occur in the background depiction of the country itself. South Africa fairly shimmers beneath a sun-tinted lens, brimming… More
Cynthia S.
Based on a true story. This movie really makes one re-think what they "know", and "believe", about race. This lady's story is truly a… More
Film Crazy
i quite enoyed this movie, it was interesting and amazing how one women could go through all of that! Its an inspirational story and a more personnal take on… More
paul sandberg
I usually approach docu-dramas cautiously - they can certainly be a mixed bag, where the story usually trumps any attempt at creating art; thankfully Skin, due… More
Walter M.
Based on a true story, not a Nadine Gordimer short story, "Skin" is a disappointing and unsubtle, yet ultimately worthwhile movie, about Sandra… More