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Che: Part Two (Guerrilla) (2008)

Che: Part Two (Guerrilla)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 35
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: The second part of Soderbergh's biopic is a dark, hypnotic and sometimes frustrating portrait of a warrior in decline, with a terrific central performance from Del Toro.

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: The second part of Soderbergh's biopic is a dark, hypnotic and sometimes frustrating portrait of a warrior in decline, with a terrific central performance from Del Toro.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 9,398

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Part 2 of director Steven Soderbergh's Che Guevara saga begins with the famed Cuban revolutionary at the absolute peak of his fame and power. Disappearing suddenly, Guevara subsequently resurfaces in Bolivia to organize a modest group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits in preparation for the Latin American Revolution. But while the Bolivian campaign would ultimately fail, the tenacity, sacrifice, and idealism displayed by Guevara during this period would make him a symbol of heroism to … More

Rating:
Unrated (for some violence)
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Peter Buchman
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Dec 12, 2008
Box Office:
$2.0M
Runtime:
IFC Films

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Critic Reviews for Che: Part Two (Guerrilla)

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (9) | DVD (1)

Saying that a film has too much insight is hardly damning.

Full Review… | February 19, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Twice as long as it needs to be, but it is also only half the movie it should have been.

Full Review… | January 7, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

After the exhilaration of Part One, the mood of Part Two seems somber, almost funereal, but it's integral to the story.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
East Bay Express

As a standalone film this is far less enjoyable than the first, but there is enough in here to engage and entertain for the duration.

Full Review… | March 14, 2011
What Culture

Part Two is the more interesting film. ... Gorgeously shot in a lyrically linear style, with combat often depicted with carefully composed extreme long shots,

Full Review… | January 26, 2011

Soderbergh has no interest in sentimentality, or back story, or even really in Guevara's philosophy, except as a rigorously footnoted onscreen reflection. Practically rejecting outright the concept of poetic license, Che is radical as a biopic.

Full Review… | June 13, 2010

Certainly Soderbergh gives you a sense of the boredom of war - as the days tick by on the screen, you feel your own will to live begin to falter.

Full Review… | June 29, 2009
Eye for Film

... a deeply interesting and commercially brave movie, one that recognizes the limits inherent in cinematic biography. It is meant to be experienced, not sounded for meanings, and is weakest when Soderbergh caves into his poetic impulses...

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The film's narrative flow is less driven by events, which are revealed in spurts, but are drawn along as their inevitable consequences.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The film quickly turns into what can best be described as a lot of wandering around in the Bolivian jungle.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

At this length, that's an unforgivable sin.

Full Review… | February 27, 2009
Charlotte Observer

The persuasiveness of the film's reconstructions is impressive, but there is hardly ever any tension. It's hard to tell exactly what Soderbergh was hoping to achieve.

Full Review… | February 26, 2009
Sunday Times (UK)

It's well staged, but a good deal less gripping than the first part and the political background is less clear than it might have been.

Full Review… | February 26, 2009
Observer [UK]

The saving graces are a commanding performance from Del Toro and the inspirational humanity of Guevara; even facing defeat and death he still has an unshakable belief that right will prevail and social justice will flourish.

Full Review… | February 26, 2009
Daily Express

Che Two is deeply impressive: austerely confident, coherent and mysterious.

Full Review… | February 20, 2009
Guardian

Benicio Del Toro is superb as the asthmatic, pipe-smoking Che, while the supporting cast capture the frustration of a disintegrating armed struggle.

Full Review… | February 20, 2009
Sun Online

This plodding, one-paced, dramatically inert movie is almost entirely surface description.

Full Review… | February 20, 2009
Independent

Having given us Che the icon, Del Toro now gives us Che the man: an asthmatic, flawed individual, powerless to prevent events spiralling out of his control. The film itself is far less compelling.

Full Review… | February 20, 2009
thelondonpaper

Like Guevara's slog through the Bolivian undergrowth, Che Part Two is a hallucinatory journey into the heart of darkness, defined by a performance of great presence.

Full Review… | February 19, 2009
Empire Magazine

A gripping, astringent portrayal of what happens when you try to force a revolution on territory which isn't fertile ground, in and of itself, Soderbergh's second instalment exerts a certain analytical intrigue.

Full Review… | February 19, 2009

Darker in tone and more introspective thematically, Che: Part 2 is the more interesting of the two films.

Full Review… | February 19, 2009
Times [UK]

Audience Reviews for Che: Part Two (Guerrilla)

five stars!

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YodaMasterJedi
MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

It seems that the harshest critics of the two Che films by Steven Soderbergh are the same ones that claim the first film is better than the second due to there being more action, completely ignoring the fact that the films are biopics and therefore based on history - damn you Che for not venturing into space to defeat an alien species intent on destroying every cigar factory in the Caribbean. The second instalment of the Che story is a continuation of the brilliant first film, I see them as one film to be honest and therefore, just as brilliant. Che's defeat in Bolivia is a very sad chapter in modern history, Soderbergh did pull on the heartstrings or milk it one bit, the message gets through load and clear on its own and it shows his maturity as a director. Added bonus was the appearance of Franka Potente who I've got a bit of a crush on.

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SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

A sprawling, epic look at the life of Che Guevara through the lense of Steven Soderbergh. Del Toro is brilliant in the lead.

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Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Say what you want about the man's politics, you gotta admire his huevos.

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Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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