Half of a Yellow Sun Reviews

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.
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 31, 2014
The best of the movie finds a way to abridge the novel and still allow the scenes to breathe.
July 10, 2014
Like many a lengthy novel, it might have worked better as a television series.
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 19, 2014
The result is that melodramatic soap opera elements win out over Bandele's attempts at stirring historical drama. That said, it's still a story worth telling.
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 13, 2014
Half of a Yellow Sun strikes an admirable balance between drama and history.
April 11, 2014
[A] drab adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's prize-winning novel ...
April 11, 2014
12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is on top form in this Nigerian Civil War drama.
April 10, 2014
Unfortunately, the film is often stately and sluggish with some very daytime-soapy moments of emotional revelation.
April 9, 2014
This well-acted adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's award-winning novel starts like a college soap opera, before turning into a Nigerian Gone with the Wind.
March 26, 2014
It's a superb piece of work: fresh, harrowing and very humane.
March 26, 2014
You're swept along by Olanna and Odenigbo's efforts to keep one step ahead of the troops and the bombs. Any sense of the film's datedness is shaken off as the ferocious tribalism at the centre of the conflict finds its parallels in today's African wars.