Tsotsi (Thug)
Tsotsi (Thug) (2006)

An amoral teenager develops an unexpected paternal side in this powerful drama from South Africa. Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae) is the street name used by a young Johannesburg delinquent who has taken to a life of crime in order to support… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 24, 2006
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2006
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Chweneyagae's powerful performance carries this simple yet searing tale of a shantytown teenager's redemption.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It is a first peek at a South Africa that doesn't need a Hollywood studio or Hollywood stars to present itself to the world, or to come to grips with itself at home.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

A deeply moving portrait of a human being, suffering in life and not having any handle on how to deal with it. It's tragedy, not melodrama.

Nick Rogers

It's a redemption song that could be stripped down into a Hallmark-esque distillation of "City of God." Instead, it retains a minor key, with bullets, blood and beatings illustrating a descent into dangerous living while a baby's presence suggests hope.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Unfolds in such clear-eyed, powerful fashion that its characters become unforgettable, and the movie lands a big-time emotional punch.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The picture can be squishy and obvious. Yet it works, thanks to Gavin Hood's straightforward, sensitive direction and his star's emotionally charged performance.

Fernando F. Croce

Fraudulent, patronizing, and empty

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

To feel the full power of the movie's wrenching story, you must not rush to judge or embrace young Tsotsi. He is an enigma whose journey is the story.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

[Director] Hood gives the film energy by its unexpected locations, a score both jolting and soaring, and a carefully constructed screenplay that makes everyone in this film a dimensional, complicated character.

Betsy Bozdech

Gavin Hood's Oscar-nominated tale about a young South African gangster who gets an unexpected chance at redemption is literally a world apart from anything produced by Hollywood.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Amazing, intense perfomance in the lead role - reminded me of Jimmy Cliff in The Harder They Come - the setting was fascinating, the direction solid and… More
Film Crazy
This is an alright movie to be honest its completely in subtitles but dont et that put you of! If i compared it to anothr movie it would be similar to… More
Jim Hunter
A hard-hearted street thug accidentally kidnaps a baby and must care for him. A basic morality tale, Tsotsi hits all the right notes in a maudlin song. The… More
El Hombre Invisible
Unlike most predecessors that rely on racially motivated, Apartheid-inspired stories, Tsotsi abandons the race card and deals with current issues that are not… More
Louis Rogers
This essentially simple story becomes a genuinely astounding film: bolstered by raw and engaging performances, thoughtfully directed and filmed. Utterly… More
Lady D'arbanville
A hard hitting film with an intense amount of violent behaviour and fear followed by (in complete contrast) an instinctive guide for love and survival. The… More