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Lula, the Son of Brazil Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 28, 2012
Well-acted and mildly engaging, but too much melodrama and not enough compelling insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.95/10
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
January 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Louis Proyect
January 14, 2012
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.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 14, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 12, 2012
A conventional, rather shallow up-by-your-bootstraps drama, but with a difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
January 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: C-
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 13, 2012
Only half-way through, the film loses momentum. Emotion gives way to stagey conventional pseudo-populism, with the human disappeared.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Kent Turner
January 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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January 12, 2012
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.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
January 10, 2012
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.
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David Fear
Time Out
January 10, 2012
You're mostly left with facts, dates and iconic poses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
January 9, 2012
This insipidly inspirational biopic of the two-term Brazilian president is a safe, bourgeois vision of proletarian struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
January 13, 2011
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.
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Robert Koehler
February 23, 2012
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