Director Walter Salles doesn't succeed in allowing viewers to capture Guevara's epiphany in anything but their heads.
During this profoundly radicalizing pilgrimage in 1952, Che discovers his need to heal the world, not as a doctor but as a freedom fighter.
The Motorcycle Diaries progresses from a film that's too eager to please into a document that's too wise to settle all of our questions or silence all of our longings.
| Original Score: B
A mostly faithful, beautifully shot cinematic realization of the words that sprung from Guevara's mighty pen
(...) Una excelente película sobre la aventura de dos jóvenes por América Latina, y un revelador retrato de la experiencia que ayudó a forjar la consciencia del Che (...)
| Original Score: 4/5
An unexpected renaissance in Soviet filmmaking.
Plays more like a humanist fable about one individual's consciousness-raising than it does as a portrait of the controversial warrior-martyr.
| Original Score: 3/4
This movie will probably end up on a lot of critics' Top 10 lists, including mine, and deservedly so.
Please, do not be put off by the subject or subject matter. This is nothing more than a terrific film about two men sharing an historic journey -- at least for themselves.
The journey is worth the preachy pro-communism price.
| Original Score: 3/5
The movie has a lot of great scenery but gets a little boring along the way with too much time spent on the dust and their continual riding with a view of their backs.
| Original Score: 2/4
Without ... the sense of how Che came to embrace violence as a tool of social change, [the movie] is just a coming-of-age drama in the guise of a meandering travelogue.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Presents the birth of Che's idealism, in all its exuberant, poignant glory.
| Original Score: 9/10
A marvelous road picture and boys-become-men adventure, full of the best kind of idealism.
A fine little film, filled with some astonishingly beautiful moments and some insights into the South American way of life.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Bernal was an excellent choice to play this Guevara. He has the passivity that might come from family coddling, enough assertiveness to declare independence and the suggestion of intelligence and curiosity.
It may not please those who know Che as more than the proud, scruffy face in the Red beret that decorates a million T-shirts, but taken as a picaresque road movie, it works...
| Original Score: 3/4
Avoids political hotbeds, content with the affirming message that life lessons are best learned simply by living.
| Original Score: B+
This is a spectacular movie that involves much more than just a compelling story. (Gael) Bernal doesn't just portray a young Che Guevara. He steps into his life and his soul.
| Original Score: 4/4
Stripped of context, The Motorcycle Diaries would have no more dramatic responsibilities than the average road picture.
| Original Score: 3.5/5