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Che: Part Two (Guerrilla)

Che: Part Two (Guerrilla) (2008)

tomatometer

80

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

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.

80

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

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.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then, he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. The story of the Bolivian campaign is a tale of tenacity, sacrifice, idealism, and of guerrilla warfare that ultimately fails, bringing Che to his death. Through this story, we come to understand how Che remains a symbol of idealism and heroism that

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Art House & International, Drama

Peter Buchman

Dec 12, 2008

$2.0M

IFC Films

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

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

February 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Twice as long as it needs to be, but it is also only half the movie it should have been.

January 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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After the exhilaration of Part One, the mood of Part Two seems somber, almost funereal, but it's integral to the story.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
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.

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
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,

January 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

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.

June 13, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

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.

June 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
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...

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

March 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

At this length, that's an unforgivable sin.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Comment (1)
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.

February 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
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.

February 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
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.

February 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

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

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

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

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

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

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent
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.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper
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.

February 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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.

February 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

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

February 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Audience Reviews for Che: Part Two (Guerrilla)

five stars!
June 26, 2012
YodaMasterJedi
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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.
April 30, 2012
SirPant

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.
October 27, 2011
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Say what you want about the man's politics, you gotta admire his huevos.
May 16, 2011
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Randy Tippy

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