This is one of Denzel Washington's great performances, on a par with his work in "Malcolm X."
William ArnoldSeattle Post-Intelligencer
Jewison handles this rich tapestry of non-linear scenes with the skill of the old pro he is, and carefully modulates the drama to create the maximum emotional impact.
Owen GleibermanEntertainment Weekly
Washington immerses himself, even more than he did in "Malcolm X," in a stare of unforgiving outrage.
In what's easily his most zealous and fully realized performance since "Malcolm X," Washington elevates the earnest, occasionally simplistic narrative to the level of a genuinely touching moral expose.
Rene RodriguezMiami Herald
Milks Carter's story for maximum "inspirational" value, and at times the movie skirts dangerously close to afterschool-special territory.
Ann HornadayBaltimore Sun
Jewison's focus on the Canadians' dogged do-gooderism might have actually prevented a good movie from being a great one.