Fidel Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 18, 2008
Offers a completely one-sided view of Castro and his life and career.
Kurt Dahlke
Apollo Guide
January 27, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
Jules Brenner
March 11, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
March 10, 2003
An overview portrait more impressionistic than anything else, hardly psychologically plumbing... Still, leftist politics aside, the film undeniably works on a human level.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
March 7, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 6, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
March 6, 2003
It's a refreshing change from the self-interest and paranoia that shape most American representations of Castro.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 31, 2003
Makes an aborbing if arguable case for the man's greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 31, 2003
Full of detail about the man and his country, and is well worth seeing.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 31, 2003
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
January 3, 2003
Audiences will find no mention of political prisoners or persecutions that might paint the Castro regime in less than saintly tones.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 6, 2002
Although Estela Bravo's documentary is cloyingly hagiographic in its portrait of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, it's still a guilty pleasure to watch.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2002
Sacrifices the value of its wealth of archival foot-age with its less-than-objective stance.
Nigam Nuggehalli
October 18, 2002
An exhilarating experience.
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Jan Stuart
October 17, 2002
Ninety minutes of Viva Castro! can be as tiresome as 9 seconds of Jesse Helms' anti- Castro rhetoric, which are included
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 17, 2002
The lack of opposing viewpoints soon grows tiresome -- the film feels more like a series of toasts at a testimonial dinner than a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 17, 2002
This is an exercise not in biography but in hero worship.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Jon Dolan
Village Voice
October 15, 2002
We get an image of Big Papa spanning history, rather than suspending it.
Emanuel Levy
July 27, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 25, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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