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Based on 9 Reviews
critic reviews (9)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Filmed over six years, “Ashes” is joyous and uplifting, full of spirit, memorable athletes (including Olympian Adrien Niyonshuti) and remarkable achievements, both big and small. show more

  • 80
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Narrated in unobtrusive fashion by Forest Whitaker and featuring a jaunty Afropop soundtrack, the film is crisp and economical, with the filmmaker carefully avoiding extraneous melodramatics. They are, after all, hardly necessary in a tale that already contains such inherently powerful drama. show more

  • 63
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    The sincerity and simplicity of the film, however, lift it somewhat above the ordinary run. show more

  • 60
    Time Out New York

    Only a periodic focus on the troubled backstory of the team’s coach, American cyclist Jock Boyer, strikes the wrong note, distracting from a far more compelling tale. show more

  • 20
    Andrew Lapin The Dissolve

    A film’s quality should be measured not by its agenda’s transparency, but by its narrative heft. And the narrative is the problem with Rising From Ashes. show more

  • 90
    Village Voice

    Rising from Ashes is not just about a cycling team; it's a testament to what happens when human beings care for one another. show more

  • 70
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    As a filmmaker, [Johnston] doesn't always trust his audience as much as he should, opting for overly insistent music and voice-over and withholding information in key areas. But he knew a good story when he saw one, and we can all be grateful for that. show more

  • 50
    David DeWitt The New York Times

    Rising From Ashes has the phantom limbs of missed opportunities. show more

  • 58
    Nick Schager The A.V. Club

    Too bad, then, that Team Rwanda’s inspiring rise to prominence and eventual course triumphs are so thinly sketched that the film leaves the audience wanting more, in the most frustrating way possible. show more

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