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Lula, the Son of Brazil Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Well-acted and mildly engaging, but too much melodrama and not enough compelling insight.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 6.95/10

January 28, 2012
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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Glossing over such inconvenient facts as out-of-wedlock fatherhood, this unabashed encomium skimps on complexity and insight in the name of veneration.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 26, 2012
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

For most persons outside of Brazil, this will be a historically significant film with enough excitement to fill almost every minute of the 130-minute run time.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 4/5

January 25, 2012
Louis Proyect

A resolutely apolitical biopic inspired more by "Coal Miner's Daughter" than the class struggle in Brazil. Despite this, it is still worth seeing for its commitment to the cause of the 99% in Brazil.

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January 14, 2012
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A biopicture about the formative early years of one of Brazil's most famous presidents whose muse and advocate was his beloved mother.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

January 14, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Lula, Son of Brazil is proof that even charismatic political figures, in this case, Brazil's former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, can be felled by the requirements of the standard biopic genre.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

January 13, 2012
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Only half-way through, the film loses momentum. Emotion gives way to stagey conventional pseudo-populism, with the human disappeared.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

January 13, 2012
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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With its $5 million budget, "Lula'' is said to be Brazil's most expensive movie yet. It's a shame the money wasn't better spent.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

January 13, 2012
Kent Turner

But da Silva comes across as such a nice and sensible guy that you're likely to crave the ego-driven rants or the paranoia running rampant in other political biopics

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

January 12, 2012
Ella Taylor
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Long on hero worship and woefully short on insight, Lula: Son of Brazil oozes good intentions, but it wouldn't look out of place in a retrospective of early Soviet workerist cinema.

Full Review Source: NPR

January 12, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A conventional, rather shallow up-by-your-bootstraps drama, but with a difference.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 12, 2012
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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Forget Son of Brazil: This syrupy origin story/biopic on the nation's beloved reformist president, whose second term ended in 2010, should be titled Mama's Boy.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 10, 2012
David Fear
Time Out New York
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You're mostly left with facts, dates and iconic poses.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

January 10, 2012
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

This insipidly inspirational biopic of the two-term Brazilian president is a safe, bourgeois vision of proletarian struggle.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 9, 2012
Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
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Barreto's direction doesn't avoid the flatness of many TV biographies, and the film drags on too long to captivate audiences who do not revere Lula as their national hero.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 13, 2011
Robert Koehler
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February 23, 2012
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