Clandestine Childhood Reviews

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 10, 2013
When a filmmaker proves as reluctant as Mr. Ávila to speak up about the past, to engage with its full complexity, it can be hard to hear what he's saying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
May 22, 2012
The pic has strong moments, but is bogged down by a script that regurgitates standard-issue ideas without finding anything interesting to say.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
January 4, 2013
Benjamín Ávila structures the film as a series of precious moments, remembrances of a difficult year when the politics of patria and family got in the way of his puppy love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
February 8, 2013
Ávila can't quite thread the needle between telling his personal story and connecting it to larger social currents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
May 21, 2012
As is often the case with directors who adapt their own life-histories, there's the sense that Avila is a little too close to his material.
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David Fear
Time Out
January 9, 2013
Outré flourishes don't fully lift the story past the limitations of innocence-lost storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
January 9, 2013
A charming, involving first feature, Clandestine Childhood muscles its familiar coming-of-age material into something more vibrant and urgent than the usual.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
January 9, 2013
A solemn reverie about an urban guerrilla mother in revolutionary struggle, and the maternal ideal as ambivalent myth and martyr. Giving rise to the contemplation of art as an act of necessity, and the creative journey of the life of an idea in a film.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 11, 2013
'Clandestine Childhood'' is the impressive first feature by Argentine director Benjamín Avila.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 10, 2013
The calmer scenes are staged in staid and somewhat clunky fashion, but the graphic animation depicting the worst moments is starkly effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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