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Based on 15 Reviews
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  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The story has heat, even if the movie is more entranced with its subjects than in what they're trying to achieve. show more

  • 50
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    When all is said and done, their Pulitzer-winning photographs prove more potent than this well-intended but frustratingly generic picture. show more

  • 50
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    A slideshow of actual photographs by the Bang Bang Club during the end credits packs more emotional punch than anything that precedes them, displaying in their still frames the singular focus that the movie lacks. show more

  • 60
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Unfortunately, Silver's movie doesn't cut deep enough: It glosses over some thorny questions and hammers too fixedly on others. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This question, which will instinctively occur to many viewers, is never quite dealt with in the film. The photographers sometimes drive into the middle of violent situations, hold up a camera, and say "press!" - as if that will solve everything. show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Writer-director Silver, who trained in documentaries, appears flummoxed by the challenges of getting the audience inside the heads of these young men. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Ultimately, his (Silver) film settles for a queasy mix of high-toned intentions and commercial compromises. show more

  • 38
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Seldom does The Bang Bang Club show much interest in the big picture of South Africa. When moral issues do come to the forefront, the big worry seems to be not questionable behavior but bad publicity. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    A single arresting shot of a photographer chasing a man on fire says more about journalistic ethics and the queasy power of the image than all of the speechifying and star-posing combined; if only the rest of this muddled movie had as much insightful Sontagian bang. show more

  • 70
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    Writer-director Steven Silver (with an able assist from cinematographer Miroslaw Baszak) captures this brutal time - which led to the country's first free, multiracial elections in 1994 and the end of apartheid - in vivid, often bold, but never overpowering strokes. show more

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