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God Grew Tired of Us Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… gets the Oprah aesthetic down just right. Read full review

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  • 4.0

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  • 60

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This is a film that adds to our understanding of human nature. Yet its impact is lessened by a lack of factual context, and by an inspirational climax that may leave one feeling good and uneasy in equal measure.

  • 67

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    God Grew Tired of Us never brings us half as close to its subjects as the far more penetrating "Lost Boys of Sudan" did in 2004.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    A year into their new lives, all three men experience profound isolation. How, they wonder, can Americans live such anti-social lives, so unconcerned with the idea of societal interdependence? This is the chief unexamined question raised by a worthy picture. What is there holds you all the same.

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  • 80

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    The Hollywood Reporter James Greenberg

    An incredibly powerful story of renewal, commitment and the resiliency of the human spirit, this is a movie that should attract a large theatrical audience, and no one will go home disappointed.

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  • 88

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A moving documentary that informs, entertains and inspires.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Emotional docu finds hope for Sudan's "lost boys."

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this moving documentary -- while focused on the strength and resilience of its Sudanese subjects -- details their difficult lives as orphans in Sudan and refugees in Kenya and the United States (where they face significant economic difficulties). Their stories are complicated and sad and include losing family members to state-sanctioned violence. One of the young men seeks and eventually finds his mother and siblings, leading to a very emotional reunion.

  • Families can talk about the hardships faced by these young men. How do they form new "families" after losing their parents and/or siblings? What opportunities -- and adversities -- do they find in the United States? What kind of support systems do they have? By comparison, what do you think might happen to Sudan's "lost girls"? What do you think this movie is trying to accomplish? Does it succeed?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The Sudanese men are resourceful and patient; the people they meet on camera are all decent; very emotional reunion of mother and her "lost" son.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Sad early images of children starving in Ethiopia and Kenya; interviewees tell terrible stories of community massacres and violence against their families.

  • sex false0

    Sex: The boys see TV ads (for exercise machines) that feature girls in bikinis and leotards.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Thematic (some discussion of the commercial aspects of Christmas in the U.S.) and referential (Pepsi, Coca-Cola, one young man works at Mellon Bank), as well as some background imagery (Ritz crackers, Marlboro cigarettes billboard, smiley face logo in window).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue