The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)



Critic Consensus: The Motorcycle Diaries is heartfelt and profound in its rendering of the formative experiences that turn Ernesto "Che" Guerva into a famous revolutionary.

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In 1952, two young Argentines, Ernesto Guevara and Alberto Granado, set out on a road trip to discover the real Latin America. Ernesto is a 23-year-old medical student specializing in leprology, and Alberto, 29, is a biochemist. The tale follows their journey as they unveil the rich and complex human and social topography of the Latin American continent.

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jose Rivera
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 15, 2005
Box Office: $16.7M
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as Juan Martin Guevara

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Critic Reviews for The Motorcycle Diaries

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (43)

Subtly political biopic won't interest most teens.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

Has a huge heart.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Eye for Film

A thought-provoking film, grounded in breathtaking scenery and engaging performances.

September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

For most of the viewers, regardless of their political beliefs, THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES is a journey worth taking.

Full Review… | June 29, 2005

This is the kind of movie that a serious student of the art of filmmaking will relish.

April 17, 2005
Cinema Sight

In a time when so many 'biopics' are predictable love-fests, it's great to see a film that digs back into a famous person's youth and explains HOW he became so influential.

Full Review… | March 3, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Motorcycle Diaries

As a road trip film, it's stellar. As a historical insight into the events and psychological gear grinding that influenced the revolutionary leader known as Che Guevarra, it falters.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

Whatever the intentions of its filmmakers what ultimately succeeds here is the opening of South America as more than simply a world party/nightclub stop as two young professionals put their promising lives on hold for a bit in order to sightsee their own unknown and surprisingly impoverished continent.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The Motorcycle Diaries is a wonderful, heartfelt film about two Argentinians who decide to bike across South America from Buenos Aires, to Valpariso, and on to Machu Picchu and Caracas in Venezuela. Gael Garcia Bernal and Rodrigo de la Serna star in this beautifully photographed, profound film, but the film doesn't go into any details about Ernesto "Che" Guevara's life as the Cuban Revolutionary, and the story gets pretty scattered and it's sometimes hard to know where they are in the trip or how they got to where they are.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

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