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Based on 8 Reviews
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  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Spottiswoode relays this tragic story with respect and sadness. But Michael Donovan's script is stuffed with clichés, and Dupuis is unable to convey the depth of Dallaire's emotions. show more

  • 70
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Back in Canada, Dallaire tells a psychiatrist that he remembers Rwanda in flashbacks that are "not like memories at all." Shake Hands with the Devil captures something of that sensation; it's a depiction of events that are too painful to remember, too essential to forget. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Compelling documentary. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    For everything admirable, like the way female Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana (the wonderful Gakire) resigns herself to a violent death, there's a heavy-handed metaphor-a cute gaggle of orphaned goats-ready to smack away the intelligence. show more

  • 80
    Ernest Hardy Village Voice

    Though the film, based on Dallaire's memoir, can veer toward deification of the general, it's hugely effective. show more

  • 80
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    A quietly powerful, incisive portrait of Canadian Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallarme (Roy Dupuis), who was sent to Rwanda in 1993 on a peacekeeping mission as the ruling Hutu attacked the rebel Tutsi, yet he was hobbled by the U.N. leadership and faced with the indifference of the world's superpowers. show more

  • 50
    Scott Foundas Variety

    Spottiswoode's lackluster film fails to offer any fresh perspective on these now well-known events. show more

  • 30
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Filmed in Rwanda, Shake Hands With the Devil is certainly panoramic. But the best that can be said of the film is that it is an honorable dud. show more

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