Beyond the Gates Synopsis
A teacher must choose whether to stay in Rwanda and help refugees fleeing the violent Hutu militia or return home.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Caton-Jones' refusal to pull back on showing exactly what happened to the 800,000 Rwandans who were murdered that spring means that strong...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
If Beyond the Gates were merely a well-intentioned bore, the reality might seem jarring. As is, the coda fits and feels like the only...
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
A gripping, terrifying, profoundly touching human drama that's definitely worth seeing.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
John Hurt is magnetic as a Catholic priest running a school where terrified Tutsi have taken refuge, while Hugh Dancy, as a naive teacher,...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Hurt and Dancy are terrific in these roles, but the power of the movie is in the tension created by Caton-Jones on the same sites where...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Powerful and moving.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The film is occasionally heavy-handed, and the priest character is almost absurdly saintly, but there is an awful power to scenes such as...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Sadly, this is the sort of movie in which the white Europeans do all the talking and worrying with each other. The Africans, for the most...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The greatest failure of the film, written by David Wolstencroft, is its inability to enter into the lives of the Rwandans, Tutsi and Hutu...
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Beyond the Gates bears witness to the worst of the worst, but these days, and far more importantly, so does YouTube.
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shocking, thought provoking, extremely well made - and real

By ZoeFrancesca
Just go see for yourself.......

so touching

By sisi
I was so touched by the movie. Its a very well down work! Hugh Dancy performend well....

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Rated R | For strong violence, disturbing images and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids Another devastating look at Rwandan genocide.
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