Half of a Yellow Sun Reviews

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June 11, 2019
There's nothing terrible about Half of a Yellow Sun, but not much good either. A powerful novel has been neutered.
December 31, 2017
Director Biyi Bandele adapted the book, which was superb and gut-wrenching, but the film turns turgid and shies away from showing the true horrors of the war and is the poorer for it.
September 6, 2017
A case of laudable ambition collapsed into episodic box-ticking.
October 2, 2014
The plot goes everywhere and nowhere, coming across as a disconnected series of events rather than a unified whole. Ejiofor and Newton offer solid but unexceptional performances, as though hampered by the director's lack of vision.
August 7, 2014
Biyi Bandele has excerpted their story from a much wider-ranging narrative, but the action here is still so tightly compressed that this feels like a precis for a movie twice its length.
July 18, 2014
Despite fine performances by Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the clich-riddled "Yellow Sun" burns cold.
July 10, 2014
"Half of a Yellow Sun" winds up being one of those movies in which a pesky event of great historical import keeps getting in the way of a soap-opera romance.
June 2, 2014
A well-intentioned historical drama that gets caught up in the undertow of mawkish melodrama early on, never to fully recover.
May 30, 2014
"Half of a Yellow Sun" deals with human tragedy, but it never really makes a human connection.
May 23, 2014
It's just not stirring enough as historical drama.
May 18, 2014
Transporting, well acted, and occasionally powerful. It's also a rushed, maddening mess.
May 15, 2014
A well-acted, finely wrought epic that nevertheless struggles to balance the requirements of melodrama with its drive to capture a historical moment.
May 15, 2014
Disappointing, a romance pastiche that muddles the politics of the period beyond comprehension.
May 15, 2014
Half of a truth. A generic take on the plight of the wealthy in war just about anywhere. And as a contrived cover for the real issues - how colonialist instigated chaos is always about oil and religion, and how Neo-Crusades in league with NGOs, kick in.
May 12, 2014
It falls into the trappings of middlebrow literary adaptation by finding only sporadic means to convincingly adjudicate the trauma and anguish of its transitory epoch.
April 13, 2014
The road to mediocrity is paved with good intentions ...
April 11, 2014
A valiant, but ultimately disappointing attempt to adapt a sprawling modern literary classic.
April 11, 2014
[A] drab adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's prize-winning novel ...
April 10, 2014
Unfortunately, the film is often stately and sluggish with some very daytime-soapy moments of emotional revelation.
April 10, 2014
Everything seems off-target, minor, as though the story (which is at times unforgivably unclear) isn't being dramatised so much as merely acted out and hurried through.
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