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Based on 25 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    A well-made culture-shock documentary. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A moving documentary that informs, entertains and inspires. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This is a film that adds to our understanding of human nature. Yet its impact is lessened by a lack of factual context, and by an inspirational climax that may leave one feeling good and uneasy in equal measure. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's not as good, nor as complex, as "The Lost Boys," but that doesn't make the story of mass annihilation, sprawling refugee camps, the generosity of Americans, and the resilience of a handful of Sudanese survivors any less worthy of telling - again. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Narrated by Nicole Kidman, this poignant documentary tells only half the story of three Sudanese "lost boys" who emigrate to America. Though it doesn't delve as deep as it should, this movie will still break your heart. show more

  • 80
    James Greenberg The Hollywood Reporter

    An incredibly powerful story of renewal, commitment and the resiliency of the human spirit, this is a movie that should attract a large theatrical audience, and no one will go home disappointed. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Seesawing between despair and soul-affirming inspiration, God Grew Tired of Us is a documentary to make you proud of what America offers to the rest of the world and worried that it can't keep its promises. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    A year into their new lives, all three men experience profound isolation. How, they wonder, can Americans live such anti-social lives, so unconcerned with the idea of societal interdependence? This is the chief unexamined question raised by a worthy picture. What is there holds you all the same. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The doggedness and good will of these men are irresistible as they pick up on the American dream, finding work and even college educations while trying to locate their missing relatives back home. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Crtainly worthy of serious attention and filled with revealing moments. show more

  • May 22, 2008 Deborah
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    This should be required viewing every African-American who feels "owed by the US government" for having endured slavery. These boys endured dehumanizing conditions also, but never expeced anything to be given to them, just the opportunity to get it. They then took the opportunity given to them and bettered themselves, not thinking of themselves, but of how they inturn could help others. The movie sends a very powerful message.

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