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Viva Zapata! Reviews

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

| Original Score: 2/5

August 30, 2002
Variety Staff
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Elia Kazan's direction strives for a personal intimacy but neither he nor the John Steinbeck scripting achieves in enough measure.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 1, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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The direction and John Steinbeck's script seem stranded in a no man's land between straightforward adventure and a pessimistic allegory about the corrupting nature of power.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

"Viva Zapata!" is one of those films that, while it continues to have impressive aspects, just doesn't hold up as well as it did when it was first made. You find yourself wishing it were in widescreen, and that they had hired at least ONE Latino actor.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

May 11, 2013
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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The Mexican revolution whitewashed for east-coast intellectuals.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000


Kazan paints a romantic picture of a man who was actually a cold-hearted tyrant.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Elia Kazan places an interesting and honest spotlight upon politics, which proves that left wing liberators are just as dangerous as the right wing fascists they have overpowered, and vice versa.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 6, 2010
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Marlon Brando, como mexicano e com os olhos puxados, está sensacional como sempre, assim como o vivaz Quinn. História bem conduzida por Kazan que mostra o nascimento de uma lenda.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 25, 2003
Susan Granger

| Original Score: 4/5

August 8, 2007
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 4/5

September 5, 2003
Douglas Pratt

Elia Kazan's only stab at an action picture

| Original Score: 3/5

November 6, 2004
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Fine Kazan "western" w/strong Quinn and Brando turns.

| Original Score: 5/5

December 24, 2005
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)

| Original Score: 3/5

November 15, 2002
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

For all its shortcomings, Zapata remains a vital work that has a curious resonance today in light of Kazan's subsequent decision to "name names" for HUAC.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

November 15, 2006
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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Throbs with a rare vitality, and a masterful picture of a nation in revolutionary torment has been got by Director Elia Kazan.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
Emanuel Levy

Kazan's biopic of the Mexican revolutionary offers good parts to Marlon Brando in the lead and Anthony Quinn as his brother, but it gets too conventional in the second half.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B-

April 22, 2011

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Great acting exercise, Tabascoed with Brando, peppered with Quinn, but otherwise Kazan/Steinbeck refried beans.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

November 1, 2007
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