WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
"An undeniably powerful & important piece of work." Jonathan Ross, Film 2005
"A well-crafted, beautifuly acted, powerful picture…a deeply emotional epic…a fine film…John Hurt gives a masterful, Oscar-quality performance as Father Christopher." Chris Tookey, Daily Mail ****
"Stunning." Dave Aldridge, BBC Radio 5 Live
"Superb." Adam Sweeting, Uncut ****
"An extraordinarily powerful film with a great performance from John Hurt...a must see." Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail.
"Outstanding...You must see this film." Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express *****
"Great conviction, compassion & power." Geoff Andrew, Time Out ****
"The restrained, quietly devastating SHOOTING DOGS is the reason you want to become a film-maker in the first place. An intelligent, unflinching human picture that generally avoids the twin traps of sentimentality and melodrama, this is a highly commendable drama with a performance of immense compassion from John Hurt." Allan Hunter, Daily Express ****
"Shooting Dogs is in many ways a fine piece of work, well shot and directed with some honesty…there is no denying the awful truth of what it says, the strong performance from Hurt and the commendable way in which Caton-Jones marshals his cinematic forces." Derek Malcolm, Evening Standard ****
"The second film dealing with the Rwandan genocide to get a UK release, Shooting Dogs is a much harder watch than the Oscar-nominated Hotel Rwanda. It's also, in many ways, far superior…a finely nuanced screenplay, subtle performances and a gritty authenticity…Unapologetically grim, but remarkable and moving nevertheless" Ian Winterton, Hotdog ****
"Thoughtful and necessarily shocking." The Irish Times ****
"In a world inured to the pasteurised versions of Hollywood stories, occasionally we see something that is still raw enough to shake us, to move us, to make us feel. Shooting Dogs is just such a film…Moments in this film will stay with you for a lifetime...an unsettling, incredible experience." Psychologies Magazine *****
"…promises to be one of the most talked about movies of 2006…an emotionally draining film…a hard-hitting film…Heatrtbreaking and brilliant." Mark Eccleston, Glamour *****
"The third fiction film about the Rwandan tragedy in less than a year, Shooting Dogs is the most straightforward and thus the most powerful. Hugh Dancy is excellent...John Hurt is superb." Nick Roddick, Evening Standard.
"In many respects a more stylish, authentic, tougher-minded film than HOTEL RWANDA... respectable and well- intentioned" Variety.
"A shoestring heartstopper…the best film of Caton-Jones' career…one of the best political films of the year. It's a tougher and more mature film than the Oscar-nominated HOTEL RWANDA" Kevin Maher, The Times (Knowledge)
"2006's most powerful film" Harpers & Queen
"...piercingly heartfelt and memorable." Anthony Quinn, The Independent.
"The film left me feeling shattered. It was so real, I felt I was right back there in the middle of the madness. The film is the most powerful portrayal of that terrible time. What happened in Rwanda wasn't just about Rwanda - it was about all of us. The film brilliantly captures that central truth. A Brilliant and Powerful film." Fergal Keane, BBC Newsnight
"A film of some magnitude, packed with moving and sensitive performances… Dancy's performance is gripping… Rarely have I seen a film this devastating. While it's never pleasant viewing, it's a film I implore you to make sure you see. Absolutely and unequivocally, you must see Shooting Dogs." Jeremy Allen, PlayLouder.Com
"Shooting Dogs is an astonishing and important film which everyone should go see; not only to learn about what happened in Rwanda, but to also appreciate a well-crafted, well-acted movie that examines the difficult decisions people are forced to make in extreme situations. I challenge you not to be affected by its power." Sara MacDonnell, Music OMH Online *****
"A gripping tale." Anwar Brett, Film Review ****
"The thunderous applause at the end of the London Film Festival screening of Shooting Dogs, mixed with the sounds of people still attempting to sniff back their tears, sums up the experience of the film better than any words could...Shooting Dogs is definitely worth seeing...This film portrays the events in an emotional, realistic way, and does not flinch from showing the callous and indifferent attitude of the rest of the world. It brings the story to life and makes all of us question what we would do if faced with similar circumstances...Don't miss this poignant portrayal of the Rwanda genocide. It's a moving story that will stay with you and force you to consider some uncomfortable but necessary questions." Laura Horwitz, 6 Degrees Film Online.