Move past the big picture, of race hatred, arbitrary maps and guilt over what the UN and the West can't or won't do, and find the human story within the inhumanity of war. full review
The great strength of Hotel Rwanda is that it's not about superhuman heroism but simply about human decency. full review
The almost forgotten but all too real African genocide documented in Hotel Rwanda hits us as suddenly and as hard as it does Paul Rusesabagina, the accidental hero played so masterfully by Don Cheadle. full review
What makes the film not just harrowing but transcendent is Cheadle. He does nothing traditionally heroic. He just presents a picture of basic decency, showing how, when combined with courage, decency can result in an awe- inspiring moral steadfastness. full review
All we can do is hope that films such as Hotel Rwanda remind us all -- moviegoer and politician -- of the terrible cost of doing nothing. full review
A film that uses the comfort of the predictable to make horror palatable to a wider audience. full review
Because of the subject matter, this feels like one of those films you see because it's good for you. But it also is an extraordinarily moving drama. full review
There is much to respect in Hotel Rwanda, not least Cheadle's subtly crafted performance, which allows the audience a direct connection to his ethical growth. full review
If Hotel Rwanda does nothing more than provoke the obvious questions of 'How did this happen?' and 'How can we prevent it from happening again?' it has, like the hotelier who refuses to consider himself a hero, done its job. full review
The film serves as reminder and educator for those who've forgotten or never knew about the situation in Rwanda.
A story so powerful it can't help but speak to both the heart and the conscience.
The world stayed out of Rwanda for fear of doing an imperfect job. Bold filmmakers are at their best when they mature beyond that kind of paralysis. full review
Cheadle gives one of the best performances (if not the best) of last year -- an Oscar-worthy portrait of a man who kept his head clear and his humanity intact in the midst of a man-made hell. full review
The twofold agenda in Hotel Rwanda is to commemorate what Paul Rusesabagina did and to shame each and every Westerner who sees the movie. On both of those counts it is successful. full review
[The movie] sweeps over you with blunt, unequivocal conviction. full review
[A] flat, cramped staging which, combined with d.p. Robert Fraisse's harsh overlighting, gives the film the feel of a cheap backlot production, even though it was shot on location. full review
If [Schindler's List] had never been made, Hotel Rwanda might seem better than it does, and probably better than it is.
A gut-punch of a drama.
A must-see for teens (and adults, for that matter) who know the Rwanda massacre as but a distant headline. full review