Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) Reviews

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Sherwyn Spencer
Little White Lies
May 17, 2012
Never really excels in any given area, and re-watch factor is a zero.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
February 14, 2011
Subtle the film is not, with Icíar Bollaín always working extra hard to make sure we don't miss the parallels between the different modes of oppression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 25, 2011
It would probably work better as a short story than as a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
February 8, 2011
Director Icíar Bollaín mixes Even the Rain's various storytelling modes with an obviousness that ultimately negates enlightening intellectual or emotional discovery.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 18, 2011
Shuffling ideas from "Fitzcarraldo" and "Dances With Wolves" yields the cinematic equivalent of a term paper for Imperialism 101 in "Even the Rain."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
May 17, 2012
Bolleín and Laverty punch up every icon and wingding in the arthouse cliché dropdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
May 5, 2011
The film, meanwhile, remains mired in the middle ground between meta-cinematic cleverness and earnest good intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
June 3, 2011
If you can handle a few scenes of hammeringly obvious metaphor, "Even The Rain" is a rich, multi-layered film that gives an involved viewer much to think about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shaun Munro
What Culture
May 19, 2012
Icíar Bollaín melds passionate art with profound politics in this well-conceived, brilliantly acted drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
April 15, 2011
Director Iciar Bollain remains such an extraordinary director of actors that in every scene some surprising nuance counters the literalism of the script.
February 25, 2011
Makes the political personal enough -- despite some moments of overly heavy-handed allegory -- that it largely avoids sermonizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.8/10
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 18, 2013
Well-acted and always with an ear cocked, listening for its own social relevance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sam Adams
AV Club
February 17, 2011
There's a rueful, knowing quality to the moments when Bernal's character puts the film above all else, blinded to the fact that his pursuit jeopardizes the ideals he means to enshrine.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
June 7, 2012
Even the Rain is pure cinema, complete with some fruity subtitles in English.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 25, 2011
The performance by Luis Tosar as the producer is confident and sturdy. Gael Garcia Bernal, as the director, is wimpy and not clearly defined, but that's in the nature of the character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 17, 2011
"Even the Rain" does have its pretensions, along with its ambitions, but it also illustrates film's power.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
February 18, 2011
It's unimpeachably politically correct, of course, but a little too tidy and incurious for its own good.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
February 20, 2011
Scenic and gripping roller-coaster. . .with magnetic acting. . . strongly demonstrates the tremendous power of fiction to raise consciousness about the past and the present.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
February 24, 2011
its burning spirit has an unimpeachable potency.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
March 10, 2011
Paul Laverty's script is a bit predictable, particularly toward the end of the film, but superb cinematography by Alex Catalan and editing by Angel Hernandez Zoido keep it from becoming a static series of debates.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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