Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel) Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 17, 2008
It offers a coming-of-age tale told unflaggingly from the point of view of a pouting, humorless and unsympathetic nine-year-old.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Prairie Miller
Critical Women
December 27, 2007
Strange, bearded house guests shake up a peeved little girl's life, infusing it with political imagination and wonder.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 4, 2007
The young heroine is rather humorless, but Gavras's intelligence and skillful touch are evident throughout.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 16, 2007
Gavras maintains a light touch throughout that allows us a rare chance to emphasize with both the radical and conservative elements at the family dinner table.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
October 19, 2007
Blame it on Fidel! is a knowing lesson in film and history that often makes its serious point with a dose of wise humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stuart McGurk
thelondonpaper
October 19, 2007
A wry and observant film with plenty of understated humour.
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
October 19, 2007
A smashing, funny and politically sophisticated feature debut from Julie (daughter of Costa) Gavras.
Robert Hanks
Independent
October 19, 2007
The comedy always feels enriching rather than demeaning.
Cath Clarke
Guardian
October 19, 2007
French director Julie Gavras neatly side-steps the cliches of 70s radicalism with her terrific debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Karl French
Financial Times
October 19, 2007
Gavras is an experienced maker of documentaries, but this assured, intelligent film marks an auspicious beginning to her career in fictional features.
Sam Jordison
Film4
October 19, 2007
A smart, amusing take on some serious issues that's fortunate in its excellent young leading lady and its ability to laugh at its own political excesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Bushell
BBC.com
October 19, 2007
What makes this film a real gem is Kervel's brilliant performance, personifying this stage of growing up with a perfect balance of bratishness, bright intellect, humour and innocence. She's a revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
October 19, 2007
Cleaving to a child's-eye-view of a time of significant social change, documentarist-turned-feature director Julie Gavras elicits excellence from Kervel as the stubborn schoolgirl struggling to deal with the lack of certainties in her new lifestyle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
October 19, 2007
A deft, original, entertaining and thoughtful look at that moment when we realise the world's just that bit more complicated than we thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
October 19, 2007
Illuminating, witty and touching, Blame it on Fidel is a gem just awaiting discovery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
October 19, 2007
A little gem with a wonderful performance from little Nina Kervel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 18, 2007
Gavras does not impose a political viewpoint upon her material, but respects the convictions of her various characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 28, 2007
The film contains a surprising amount of understated humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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