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Beyond the Gates

Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images and language.

R In Theaters 03/9/2007 , 115min.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
The film may employ the well-worn tradition of filtering African stories through the experiences of Europeans, but they use the conceit for some penetrating revelations. Full Review
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
Hurt and Dancy are terrific in these roles, but the power of the movie is in the tension created by Caton-Jones on the same sites where this historical event unfolded. Full Review
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
Tense and gut-wrenching, Beyond the Gates is a horrifying story told with grace and compassion. Full Review
Kirk Honeycutt
The Hollywood Reporter
The greatest failure of the film, written by David Wolstencroft, is its inability to enter into the lives of the Rwandans, Tutsi and Hutu alike. The movie never moves beyond the tragic facts to show us the human face of either victims or perpetrators. All we get are white people shaking their heads and cursing Western governments. Full Review
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
John Hurt is magnetic as a Catholic priest running a school where terrified Tutsi have taken refuge, while Hugh Dancy, as a naive teacher, represents white commitment to black Africa at its most impotent and unreliable. Full Review

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