Tsotsi Synopsis
A South African street thug (Presley Chweneyagae) cares for an infant whose mother he shot.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Rated R | For language and some strong violent content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Affecting tale of a street hoodlum's evolution.
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