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The company behind The Two Escobars is ESPN Films, and the influence, coincidentally or not, is tangible.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
This is simply pop sociology, putting too much emphasis on the first word and displaying too facile an understanding of the second one.
| Original Score: 2/5
The Two Escobars ends up being quite the nail-biter.
The documentary provides an insightful means of eulogizing its chief subjects in mythological terms with its vaguely optimistic conclusion: The game continues, and thus so does the struggle.
Pic pulses with the same rhythmic mastery achieved in the filmmakers' earlier Favela Rising.
A chilling cautionary tale about what can happen when success becomes a drug ... once you're hooked, the only thing that matters is maintaining the high at any cost.
| Original Score: B+
One of the best sports docs in recent memory.
| Original Score: 4/5
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeff and Michael Zimbalist's documentary about a nation strapped under the boots of crime and outside forces above the law is just about as exciting as they come and it is gunning, er, shooting for my Top Ten of 2010 List.
Escobars captures the passion and personality of a group of exceptional athletes and their ecstatic bond with fans.
The filmmakers establish a relentless and mounting sense of dread as the situation in Colombia, and for the players, becomes intolerable.
| Original Score: 3/4
Meticulously researched and beautifully interwoven, with the story of one man rhyming with the other, The Two Escobars could be a companion to the great Italian gangster movie Gomorrah...
| Original Score: A-
The film makes a persuasive broader indictment, tracing the social and political moving parts that connected soccer, gangsterism, and money.