Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 15, 2012
Bollaín and Laverty offer a cutting, self-critical analysis of their medium while finding an honest and effective perspective on history...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 6, 2011
A film within a film within a film, Even the Rain holds up a hall of mirrors to the Third World and invites us to look in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 5, 2011
The most outstanding performance comes from Aduviri, an indigenous Aymara from Bolivia, who was nominated for the Best Newcomer award at Spain's Oscars, the Goyas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 11, 2011
Despite the whiff of a Hollywood ending, "Even the Rain" is a refreshing import.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 10, 2011
Even the Rain strikes a deep and resonant chord.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Loren King
Boston Globe
March 3, 2011
An ambitious mix of politics, religion, art, and human drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 25, 2011
Telling an old story in a new way and infusing what might have been a dry political polemic with poetry, passion and unlikely warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 24, 2011
When a film opens with a dedication to the late Howard Zinn, a proudly radical historian, you know you're in for a spell of progressive, populist storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 19, 2011
There are, inevitably, a couple of riveting moments mixed in with the agitprop.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 18, 2011
Senes of Columbus's arrival and of his imperialist and religious sloganeering, and of the carnage he wreaks, have a grandeur and a force reminiscent of Terrence Malick films. The segments about the chaotic water riots have a documentary immediacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 17, 2011
"Even the Rain" is that irresistible thing - a movie about the making of a movie - combined with a bit of a history and a political message.
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.
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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+
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
February 9, 2011
A splendid film about a movie crew blindsided by the real world.
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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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September 11, 2010
A powerful, richly layered indictment of the plight of Latin America's dispossessed that cunningly parallels the Spanish conquest of the Americas with the 20th-century spread of capitalism, Iciar Bollain's fifth feature is her most ambitious and best.