Never really excels in any given area, and re-watch factor is a zero.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
It would probably work better as a short story than as a film.
Director Icíar Bollaín mixes Even the Rain's various storytelling modes with an obviousness that ultimately negates enlightening intellectual or emotional discovery.
Shuffling ideas from "Fitzcarraldo" and "Dances With Wolves" yields the cinematic equivalent of a term paper for Imperialism 101 in "Even the Rain."
Bolleín and Laverty punch up every icon and wingding in the arthouse cliché dropdown.
The film, meanwhile, remains mired in the middle ground between meta-cinematic cleverness and earnest good intentions.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Icíar Bollaín melds passionate art with profound politics in this well-conceived, brilliantly acted drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
Director Iciar Bollain remains such an extraordinary director of actors that in every scene some surprising nuance counters the literalism of the script.
Makes the political personal enough -- despite some moments of overly heavy-handed allegory -- that it largely avoids sermonizing.
| Original Score: 6.8/10
Well-acted and always with an ear cocked, listening for its own social relevance.
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.
| Original Score: B+
Even the Rain is pure cinema, complete with some fruity subtitles in English.
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.
"Even the Rain" does have its pretensions, along with its ambitions, but it also illustrates film's power.
It's unimpeachably politically correct, of course, but a little too tidy and incurious for its own good.
Scenic and gripping roller-coaster. . .with magnetic acting. . . strongly demonstrates the tremendous power of fiction to raise consciousness about the past and the present.
| Original Score: 9/10
its burning spirit has an unimpeachable potency.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 7/10