Hotel Rwanda

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Excellent but disturbing film is too intense for kids.
  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 115 minutes
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages
Violence

Intense and constant peril, machetes and guns, dead bodies, non-graphic violence, characters beaten and killed.

Sex
Language

Some mild language.

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Drinking, smoking cigars.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie includes a realistic, though mostly non-graphic, depiction of genocide and compellingly portrays the sense of horror and insanity. Characters drink, smoke, and use some mild language.

User Reviews

Adult Written byRGWISE April 9, 2008

I Loved It!

This movie show how deep the human heart is when it comes to helping others and walking in Love, no matter what the cost.
Parent of a 15 year old Written byyonnie February 4, 2010
good movie
Teen, 14 years old Written byJanelle Hope November 19, 2013

Excellent, but frightening content to be examined.

"Hotel Rwanda" was definitely on my top 10. However, parents need to decide whether the content is appropriate for their children. Paul Rusesabagina i...
Kid, 12 years old February 19, 2009

Very powerful

This movie is very powerful. It really makes you think about the genocide in Africa! This is a good movie. Parents it is violent due to the fact that it is all...

What's the story?

HOTEL RWANDA reveals the story of Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), manager at a luxury hotel and the man who always knows what it took to get things done and survive in an explosive political situation. Two ethnic groups, the nomadic Tutsis (also known as Watutsis) and the agricultural Hutus had been pitted against each other by the white Belgian settlers, who literally measured skin tone and nose width to elevate the Tutsis to preferred positions. When the conflict exploded into violence in 1994, the Hutus began a full-scale slaughter of over 800,000 Tutsis and any Hutus who supported them. Amidst this madness, Rusesabagina hid more than 1000 Tutsis in his hotel. Using the same skills that made him successful as a hotel manager, he cajoles, barters, and bluffs his way into keeping them safe, and keeps hoping for help from the UN or the US.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about about the slaughter in Rwanda and how the role of the UN and other nations is determined. Families could also talk about the way that an ordinary man became capable of extraordinary courage. How do we know what we would do? How do we make sure we do the right thing?

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