The Agronomist
The Agronomist (2004)

A profile of Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist, Jean Dominique, which weaves: historical footage of Haiti's vivid and tumultuous past; interviews with Dominique, himself and with Michele Montas--his heroic wife,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 23, 2004
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A well-made, emotionally engaging documentary about Haitian social activist Jean Dominique.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Free speech isn't merely a shibboleth in The Agronomist. As embodied by Dominique, it's a fire-breathing force.

Tom Long
Detroit News

It tells instead of shows for the most part, and the telling isn't as effective as it should be.

Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

An fine film, touching if not exceptional.

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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News

A lively, illuminating homage to an extraordinary man of courage, whose cry for his beloved country got him killed.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

A portrait of an optimist in a time of despair.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... best read as a eulogy for a genuine hero, a natty, erudite little guy with a funny accent and a perceptible joy of life.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Demme's emotionally engaging salute to his fallen friend is a personal labor of love with relevance for anyone concerned with the history of our hemisphere. Or its future.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

With Haiti again in the news, The Agronomist is an apt history lesson about its political turmoil and a powerful testimonial about patriotism in the face of oppression.

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Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A compassionate and powerful tribute to a crusader doing battle with 'no weapon other than his microphone and a thirst for truth.'

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
I didn't know Jean Dominique prior to seeing this film and I was glad for the opportunity to have gotten to know him. Once in a blue moon, you find men of… More
A fascinating documentary about Jean Leopold Dominique, a radio personality who gave a voice to the people of Haiti during the reign of the Duvalier regimes.… More

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