100

San Francisco Chronicle

This illuminating film by director Gini Reticker and producer Abigail Disney is a much-needed attempt to put the spotlight on a moment of history that still inspires, especially because that moment led to Taylor's exile and to Liberia's election of Africa's first female head of state.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Pray the Devil Back to Hell is at once inspiring and horrific.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Gini Reticker's simply made, affecting documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell reveals how these heroic ordinary women prodded the factions to peace and literally brought down Taylor, a leader of sociopathic cruelty.
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80

NPR

By Bob Mondello
Without their guns, the men prove surprisingly helpless. And when a representative of a larger pan-African community tells them that if they want the women to stop treating them like children, they must behave responsibly, you sense a corner has been turned.
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80

Chicago Reader

By J.R. Jones
Fleet, gripping documentary.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Powerful enough to make even the most cynical believe in the ability of ordinary people to induce political change.
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80

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
Gini Reticker's lucidly impassioned film, filled with strong, eloquent spokeswomen, garnered Tribeca's docu award.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
One of the truly heartening international political stories of recent years.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The longer the film goes on, the more you crave a vaster history of modern Liberia, originally a colony founded by former slaves from the United States.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Gini Reticker's embracing documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell shows how Taylor got his comeuppance from a coalition of tenacious Christian and Muslim women armed only with matching T-shirts.
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78 out of 100
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