Rosewood Synopsis
Spurred by a white woman's lie, vigilantes destroy a black Florida town and slay inhabitants.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
The director is unflinching in his portrayal of the horrors that occurred, and nearly all the characters, from Voight's Wright to Rhames'...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
But if the movie were simply the story of this event, it would be no more than a sad record. What makes it more is the way it shows how...
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Despite an occasional narrative hiccup, this is a rich and moving motion picture.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
As the village is destroyed, its people humiliated, hunted down, and murdered, Singleton brings the images and underlying psychological...
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Voight's Wright is one of many examples of how Singleton and Poirier succeed in suggesting the ambivalence and shadings that make movie...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Though Hollywood hyperbolizes the Gregory Poirier script -- Mann is a fictional character -- John Singleton ("Boyz N the Hood") directs the...
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75

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
It's as disturbing a movie as you are likely to witness this year. [21Feb1997 Pg.04.D]
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
But the movie is long and didactic, undermined by the faintly pious air of an educational slide show.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Rosewood is startling, infuriating, painful history played out as a not-very-satisfying, overly ambitious and overlong movie.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Watching this, we should feel an immense amount, but don't, and somehow, decades after this horrible event, that void only seems to...
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Rosewood

By Brit07
One lie can make a difference. In this case a big difference, the destruction of a small black town, Rosewood, and the hunting and murder of innocent men, women, and children. The hate that plagued...

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