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Fidel (2002)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 4

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A portrait of the controversial Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, who has confounded American intelligence operatives out to kill him ever since the 1959 revolution.


Documentary, Drama, Television

Estela Bravo

Jul 22, 2003

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Purely propaganda, a work of unabashed hero worship, it is nonetheless -- and likely inadvertently -- a timely and invaluable implicit reminder of the role that U.S. foreign policy has played in the rise of Castro.

March 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It's a refreshing change from the self-interest and paranoia that shape most American representations of Castro.

March 6, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Makes an aborbing if arguable case for the man's greatness.

January 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Has the kitsch appeal of a farm implement on a restaurant wall, or an Andy Warhol Mao poster: Interesting, but not for its original purpose.

January 31, 2003
Globe and Mail
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Audiences will find no mention of political prisoners or persecutions that might paint the Castro regime in less than saintly tones.

January 3, 2003
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Although Estela Bravo's documentary is cloyingly hagiographic in its portrait of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, it's still a guilty pleasure to watch.

December 6, 2002
Washington Post
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Offers a completely one-sided view of Castro and his life and career.

November 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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A landmark work that should have viewers across the world reaching for history books to learn not only politically expedient accounts of Fidel's life, but also the real deal.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Bravo reveals the true intent of her film by carefully selecting interview subjects who will construct a portrait of Castro so predominantly charitable it can only be seen as propaganda.

March 11, 2003 Full Review Source:

An overview portrait more impressionistic than anything else, hardly psychologically plumbing... Still, leftist politics aside, the film undeniably works on a human level.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Any film that doesn't even in passing mention political prisoners, poverty and the boat loads of people who try to escape the country is less a documentary and more propaganda by way of a valentine sealed with a kiss.

March 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Full of detail about the man and his country, and is well worth seeing.

January 31, 2003
Jam! Movies

An exhilarating experience.

October 18, 2002 Full Review Source:

The lack of opposing viewpoints soon grows tiresome -- the film feels more like a series of toasts at a testimonial dinner than a documentary.

October 17, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Fidel

This film does a good job of explaining Castro both in the 1950s before, and during, the revolution. The best part is showing Castro's narcissism, and ego. Any attack on the revolution is a personal attack on him, and vice versa. This is definitely an anti-Castro film by the end. United States biased view, I am sure. Still, a very interesting, and well done effort. Any film that sparks my interests, and prompts me to research for more information, is a good deed in my book.
May 7, 2013

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