The film was hailed critically as well, with the Bangkok Post ' s Kong Rithdee calling it a "smart, ambitious commercial film" with shortcomings that "are the results of risk-taking rather than of incompetence."  Maggie Lee, writing for The Hollywood Reporter , called 13 Beloved "one of those accomplished suspense thrillers that mount the tension stage by stage without running out of steam at the end, it is also an unyieldingly cynical exploration of the human heart of darkness with an oedipal climax that makes it a field-day for Freudians ." 
A decade after his Oscar-winning original score to Out of Africa, John Barry returns to the African milieu for the score to Cry the Beloved Country, but to mixed results. Not only does this lush, intimate effort recall its predecessor far too closely, but its romantic sensibilities are wildly out of place in a film purporting to be a serious, tough-minded examination of apartheid. That said, this is music that boasts real beauty and power when taken solely on its own merits -- Barry 's writing is richly harmonic, crafted in subdued tones that emphasize the score's vulnerability. There's no doubting the passion galvanizing Cry the Beloved Country , but there's also no denying it would have worked far better attached to a very different film.
After several decades, the end of apartheid was a slow one that began with the election of . de Klerk as leader of the National Party and President of South Africa. De Klerk began to permit multiracial crowds to protest against apartheid and met with blacks leaders such as Bishop Desmond Tutu. Most importantly, he lifted the ban on the ANC and ordered the release of the imprisoned Nelson Mandela. By 1993, the National Party and the ANC reached an agreement that pledged to institute a democratic South Africa. The ANC won political power in April of 1994 during the first nonracial democratic election, with 63 percent of the vote. Under the ANC, Mandela repealed all apartheid legislation, while the South African parliament approved a new constitution in 1996.