| Original Score: 2.5/4
A meditative look back at the mass murder of Mayan Indians in Guatemala and the role of the progressive film-maker. Not agit-prop at all despite what mainstream reviewers here say.
Granito becomes both a humanitarian legal thriller and a quest to find justice through cinema.
Part courtroom drama, part political thriller and part war movie, Granito: How to Nail A Dictator is one of the most compelling. gripping and inspiring documentaries of the year to date.
| Original Score: 5/5
...delves into the case being built in a Madrid court against two generals charged with perpetrating a genocidal campaign against the Mayan people of Guatemala.
| Original Score: 7/10
The film is at its best in its footage of those who are picking up the fight that their parents began against Montt, these 'granito' - or grains of sand - who hope that by coming together they can make a difference.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The movie is erratically paced, often static and dry, and occasionally dull. But the subject matter keeps you intrigued - barely.
| Original Score: 2/4
| Original Score: 2/5
A well-meaning but inelegant bore.
| Original Score: C-
There's a naggingly studied tone to the whole enterprise that makes it feel like history class rather than a complex, urgent reckoning.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Sloppiness doesn't suit Granito, which should be concise, complicated, and elegant.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
There are only so many times you can watch a camera panning and zooming over still photos before your tolerance for the Ken Burns effect reaches its limit.
"Granito" is less rough-edged than its guerrilla-film predecessor, but it shares a spirit of simplistic revolutionary solidarity.
As well-intended as it is artless.
The film tracks the history of the country, but viewers may feel the documentarian inserts herself too much into the story.