Che: Part One (The Argentine) Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 24, 2011
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Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
October 1, 2009
Soderbergh has made two almost perfect war films, more like the Rings Trilogy than The Green Berets.
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March 6, 2009
There is precious little in these movies to fill out our understanding of what it was that made Che a rebel, a leader of men, and the repository of the romantic dreams of several generations of armchair revolutionaries
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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
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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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 23, 2009
As absorbing as it is frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 23, 2009
Che, the story of a failed revolutionary, also fails as a film.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
January 20, 2009
I do respect Steven Soderberg for taking on this film and giving us a great part one and for Del Toro's performance alone.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 16, 2009
You can smell the gun smoke and taste the cigars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 16, 2009
The film's last chapter is arid yet breathtaking cinema, marked by despairing visuals and a climax that withers, not winds, to a close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 16, 2009
If Soderbergh's ambition was to make us feel just how dull it would be to a woods-dwelling communist guerrilla, he succeeded.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 16, 2009
In so many ways, Soderbergh's film does the right things, usually by omission. Why, then, does it feel slightly wrong?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 16, 2009
Director Steven Soderbergh's two-part, four-hour Che is part folly and part fulfillment, a methodical if coolly romantic portrait of the most familiar 1960s T-shirt icon outside the peace symbol.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 15, 2009
With Benicio Del Toro delivering a fiercely indrawn and mesmerizing performance in the title role, Che is neither a hagiography nor a superficial character sketch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 15, 2009
A richly detailed but emotionally blank account of Guevara's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 15, 2009
Benicio Del Toro, one of the film's producers, gives a heroic performance, not least because it's self-effacing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
January 12, 2009
For all the movie's narrative momentum, Che retains the air of a study exercise -- of an interest brilliantly explored. How else to explain one's total flatness of feeling at the climax of each movie?
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 8, 2009
It is worth seeing for its attention to visual detail and ambitious filmmaking, but as a psychological portrait of a compelling historical figure, it is oddly bland and unrevealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 7, 2009
He's made a film that embraces the romance of revolution only to shake it off, leaving very little in its place.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 5, 2009
It's not a Hollywood-style movie - it demands patience and proper attention - but it's a great movie, and rewards magnificently.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 15, 2008
The whole movie is a forced march.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 12, 2008
This biopic of Ernesto Che Guevara starring Benicio Del Toro may have pretensions to be Lawrence of Arabia but, at least in its second half, it's more like Che of the Bolivian Jungle.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 12, 2008
Soderbergh's eye for detail builds over time, until the film becomes as layered as some richly leaf-carpeted jungle floor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 12, 2008
Mr. Soderbergh once again offers a master class in filmmaking. As history, though, Che is finally not epic but romance. It takes great care to be true to the factual record, but it is, nonetheless, a fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
December 11, 2008
In both halves, Soderbergh emphasizes observation over ideology with an eye toward the mundane details of life on the front lines of a revolution.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 18, 2008
A measure of the movie's strength and weakness is its reliance on Del Toro's charisma in the central role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter
May 29, 2008
All in all, it's a highly worthwhile, professionally accomplished project, but in its obsessive devotion to precise documentation, the film forgets to inspire.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 22, 2008
Unfortunately, Che doesn't feel epic -- just long.