100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
It grabs you from a symbolic opening scene of gang members rolling the dice -- the odds, it soon becomes clear, are stacked against them getting lucky -- and never lets go.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What a simple and yet profound story this is.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Brutal but believable, the film in some ways harks back to early Hollywood, when Jimmy Cagney or Richard Widmark played callow villains out of their depth in everyday life.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Based on a play by Athol Fugard, Tsotsi is South Africa's entry in this year's Oscar race for Best Foreign-Language Film. This remarkable movie means to shake you, and boy does it ever.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Tense, fiercely optimistic movie.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's a solid, earnest drama of moral redemption that places old cliches in an unfamiliar setting.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Evocatively shot by cinematographer Lance Gewer in warm browns and reds that make Tsotsi seem all the more chilling, the film records his gradual metamorphosis from id-driven brute into empathic, if crude, care-giver.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though the story teeters on easy sentimentality, it doesn't succumb. Though unabashedly emotional, it isn't maudlin. Tsotsi's story feels believable. It is made all the more engaging by a wonderful soundtrack of African Kwaito music.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Presley Chweneyagae's Tsotsi makes his presence deeply felt. In a world of heedless children wielding guns, his tale is a heartening one.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
More calculated than a Starbucks sampler CD, the picture could win the up-from-hardship award.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.