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  • 100
    Jonathan Curiel San Francisco Chronicle

    A beautiful film. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Though we see the same man throughout the bumpy tour captured here -- always calm, steady, faithful -- it's bound to prove an enlightening portrait for those who know him only as the guy who once worked with Peter Gabriel. show more

  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Part concert film, part narrative, it isn't fully successful on either level, coming across more like an overlong DVD extra than a fully stand-alone work. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This documentary by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi could have used more music for my taste, and fewer talking heads. But it’s absorbing all the same. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The film works best when we see N'Dour onstage. He has a great set of pipes and is nothing if not charismatic. show more

  • 40
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    When the film sticks to biographical and career background, it is on steady ground, but when it argues the case for one particular album, it becomes promotional rather than documentary material. show more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times

    Best when exploring the nitty gritty of N'Dour's life as a musician, favorite son and cultural ambassador. show more

  • 70
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    But by far the most powerful element is N'Dour's lone voice, a thing of high, pure beauty that feels at once ancient and new. When he sings, an otherwise earnestly conventional film becomes a vehicle of incantatory power. show more

  • 70
    Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader

    N’dour’s concert numbers and family visits are captivating, but Vasarhelyi is so uncritical toward the singer that she inadvertently makes him look as though he’s running for sainthood. show more

  • 60
    Village Voice

    For all the singer's sincere intentions to build secular-religious bridges, a straight-up concert film might have been a better approach, especially given viewer fatigue with those musicians and their causes. show more

  • May 25, 2009 tomzippy69
    Report This User

    I loved this movie! I just want to go out now and buy the CD. His song "I am Africa" just stays in your head. Some say he is the Bono of Africa and I think they are right.

  • May 25, 2009 MSUEZ
    Report This User

    Best documentary I have seen in years. An amazing story and such beautiful music accompanied by some gorgeous screen shots.

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