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Based on 14 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    An exceptionally powerful film driven by contradictory forces. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    An unnervingly powerful picture of atrocity. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    It is not an easy film to watch, nor should it be. It is, however, beautifully made. Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern, the co-directors, wrangle their information and lay it out clearly, vividly and with a sharp sense of focus. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Too often the movies view the problems of Africa through Western eyes, but "Devil" turns that weakness to a literal strength, because Steidle could do nothing in his position except take photographs. show more

  • 63
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    If you don't already have a handle on the complicated conflict at the heart of Darfur's ongoing genocide, you probably won't come away from this harrowing documentary with any comprehensive understanding. show more

  • 78
    Marrit Ingman Austin Chronicle

    The film’s approach suits an audience broader than the usual documentary crowd, though it’s worth mentioning that those pictures can really stay with you. show more

  • 83
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    The first half of the movie is repetitive, and threatens to become more about Steidle than the conflict. The second half picks up considerably as we see him actively trying to alert the U.S. government to the atrocities. show more

  • 90
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    Brutal, urgent, devastating -- the documentary The Devil Came on Horseback demands to be seen as soon as possible and by as many viewers as possible. show more

  • 80
    Andrew O'Hehir

    This shouldn't be a competitive sport or anything, but I'm pretty sure that Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern's documentary The Devil Came on Horseback has the most horrifying images I have ever seen in a motion picture. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    Ultimately, Devil ponders the optimism/pessimism = apathy/x equation as honestly and studiously as any doc I've ever seen. show more

  • April 27, 2010 drarthurwells
    Report This User

    Chronicles the slaughter in Darfur. Exploitative play on the horror of naked aggression. The lesson of the vast history of such injustice is that weakness invites aggression, so be strong or perish. Nations that can organize into productive strength with military might survive. Other nations and groups that remain weak are trampled.

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  • Darfur Now (2007)

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