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Fidel Reviews

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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
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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.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
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
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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.