• R, 2 hr. 8 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Walter Salles
    In Theaters:
    Jan 15, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 15, 2005
  • Focus Features

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The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de Motocicleta) Reviews

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Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Director Walter Salles doesn't succeed in allowing viewers to capture Guevara's epiphany in anything but their heads.

Full Review

November 2, 2004
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

During this profoundly radicalizing pilgrimage in 1952, Che discovers his need to heal the world, not as a doctor but as a freedom fighter.

November 2, 2004
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

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.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: B

November 2, 2004
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

A mostly faithful, beautifully shot cinematic realization of the words that sprung from Guevara's mighty pen

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

October 29, 2004
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

(...) 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 (...)

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 4/5

October 26, 2004
Martin Scribbs
Mixed Reviews

An unexpected renaissance in Soviet filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews

October 25, 2004
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Plays more like a humanist fable about one individual's consciousness-raising than it does as a portrait of the controversial warrior-martyr.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

October 20, 2004
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

This movie will probably end up on a lot of critics' Top 10 lists, including mine, and deservedly so.

October 19, 2004
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

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.

October 19, 2004
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com

The journey is worth the preachy pro-communism price.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2004
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum

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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2/4

October 17, 2004
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 15, 2004
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Presents the birth of Che's idealism, in all its exuberant, poignant glory.

| Original Score: 9/10

October 15, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A marvelous road picture and boys-become-men adventure, full of the best kind of idealism.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

October 15, 2004
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A fine little film, filled with some astonishingly beautiful moments and some insights into the South American way of life.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 15, 2004
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

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.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 15, 2004
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

October 15, 2004
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine

Avoids political hotbeds, content with the affirming message that life lessons are best learned simply by living.

Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine | Original Score: B+

October 15, 2004
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

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

October 15, 2004
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

Stripped of context, The Motorcycle Diaries would have no more dramatic responsibilities than the average road picture.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 14, 2004
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