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Che: Part One (The Argentine) Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 18, 2009
In releasing this reverent, meticulous, fascinating but flaccid history in two lengthy parts, Soderbergh committed perhaps the greatest sin of all. He made Che boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 13, 2009 episodic, sometimes frustrating military procedural occasionally lightened by flashes of Che's (or is it Del Toro's?) star power.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Pete Hammond
January 9, 2009
Tedious, overlong and self-indulgent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Karina Longworth
September 30, 2008
Che may be an extremely accurate portrait of Guevara's life, but truly epic works of cinema have more on the agenda than the literal translation of life. Can this be said of Che? No.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
January 20, 2009
It's hard to know which scene, where the men are tired, hungry and ill-equipped, is more or less important than the others.
Katey Rich
October 2, 2008
The film marches along at its own disinterested pace, rarely explaining which moments might be important than others or even the roles of some key characters.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
October 5, 2008
A strikingly constructed, handsomely HD-filmed museum display piece.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 26, 2009
Great showcase for Benicio del Toro, of course, a wonderful actor who gives it his all. But Che, the T shirt hero of three generations, is a myth that so many today THINK Che stood for.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
September 30, 2009
A major disappointment. Soderbergh has stripped the story of most of its drama and though Del Toro, who won Best Actor at Cannes last year, is very convincing as Che, this Spanish-language film almost seems like an anti-movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Todd McCarthy
May 22, 2008
Unfortunately, Che doesn't feel epic -- just long.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 12, 2008
Meet Che Guevara. Just think of him as Jesus plus Abraham Lincoln with a touch of Moses and Dr. Doug Ross.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Geoff Berkshire
December 11, 2008
Enduring over four hours of Guevara wandering in the jungle will leave audiences more fatigued than enlightened.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 20, 2009
A potentially great title-role performance by Benicio Del Toro, which won him the best actor award at Cannes, is buried beneath Soderbergh's stylistic tics and a defiant lack of dramatic tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brett McCracken
Christianity Today
January 16, 2009
If Soderbergh's goal was to demystify Che Guevera and de-romanticize "revolution," he's succeeded. But unfortunately the result is a film that is just not very compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 5, 2009
Che is a heroic guerrilla project in its way. It's just that these guerrillas get lost in a mist of opaque purpose and ill-defined movie mission.
Paul Brenner
December 11, 2008
Movie Che is a towering idealist who just keeps on coming, but he lacks any sense of character. He is heartless, all computer chips and wires inside. He's the Revolutionator.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 29, 2009
All the excitement of a wet weekend in Bognor.
Anthony Quinn
January 5, 2009
For all the drama that surrounded them, Soderbergh never gets under the skin of either Che Guevara or Fidel Castro. We can only hope that the psychological dimensions will be illuminated in the next part.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 11, 2008
It never gets over being as dry as a Communist manifesto.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 25, 2009
I found this four-hours-plus movie sheer torture to watch during most of its long running time. 'Che' seems more like a guerilla handbook than a film.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 24, 2011
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