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Gavin Hood

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About the Movie

Captivating audiences worldwide, this compelling story of crime and redemption has earned countless awards around the globe. One the edges of Johannesburg, Tsotsi's life has no meaning beyond survival. One night, in desperation, Tsotsi steals a woman's car. but as he is driving off, he makes a shocking discovery in the backseat. In one moment his life takes a sharp turn and leads him down an unexpected path to redemption... giving him hope for a future he never could have imagined.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 128
  • Fresh: 105
  • Rotten: 23
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film is worth seeing, for its faces and its evocation -- not without melodrama, yet not without impact -- of a harsh but not hopeless slum life. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: That director Gavin Hood, who wrote the script from a novel by playwright Athol Fugard, could get you to care so much is a mark of the heart that went into making the film. – Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It's a solid, earnest drama of moral redemption that places old cliches in an unfamiliar setting. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

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Customer Reviews

great movie

This is a great movie. I first saw this film in my film class and i was really moved by it great plot and great characters and great Acting. 5/5 stars


This is a weird movie… It never occurred to me as a 4-star, almost 5-star, movie while watching it - but it made such a strong impression that stuck with me the days to come. At times it seemed a little helpless, "where is this scene going? c'mon?" kinda, but the after all total is quite strong and emotional.
3 star during the watch, 4 after - I'm glad I saw it, that's for sure.

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