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Hotel Rwanda

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Excellent but disturbing film is too intense for kids.

Movie PG-13 2004 115 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 13+

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age 13+

Inspirational - it deals with a difficult reality with style and class.

This film addresses a difficult issue - ethnic cleansing/genocide - but does it in a way that shows the power of standing up for principle, and the dignity of human beings. The heroism in this film is quiet and conscienscious, the type I hope my kids (students and those I coach) will aspire to - standing up and doing the right thing, with dignity and honor, in the face of bullying.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (14 ):

Cheadle is infinitely moving as Rusesabagina and Sophie Okonedo is quietly magnificent as his wife. The sensitivity of their performances is matched by the script and direction, which make their points, both personal and political, with grace, not bitterness.

Like Schindler's List, this film takes us deeply into the horror of one of the 20th century's greatest tragedies by allowing us to focus on the illumination cast by one small story of grace, courage, and humanity.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 22, 2004
  • On DVD or streaming: April 12, 2005
  • Cast: Don Cheadle , Nick Nolte , Sophie Okonedo
  • Director: Terry George
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors, Female actors
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 115 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence, disturbing images and brief strong language
  • Last updated: June 19, 2023

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