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The Violin (El Violin) Reviews

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Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
February 28, 2008
You may not remember how exactly this trio passed the time during most of the film's too-spare 98 minutes, but Plutarco is a character you likely won't forget.

The Sun (UK)
January 4, 2008
The plot is slimmer than a bowed string and lacks tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
December 3, 2007
As far as battlefield-as-life parables go, humanity gets a fairer shake in Francisco Vargas's The Violin than in Bruno Dumont's Flanders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 22, 2008
The Violin is so beautiful to look at, it almost wouldn't matter if it had a story. But it has one, and it's riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Katey Rich
Film Journal International
December 5, 2007
Once the political lines are drawn, Vargas' film becomes richly layered, and builds with greater and greater tension toward its harrowing, inevitable finale.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 5, 2007
The tiny, tough, sneakily moving film The Violin wears its revolutionary romanticism on its sleeve, not far from its gun.
| Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
November 27, 2007
Subversive musical warriors confront political injustice through the powers of the seductive artistic imagination.
January 4, 2008
A quietly gripping adversarial duel lies at the heart of this political thriller, which has been hailed as a masterpiece in Vargas's native Mexico.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 17, 2008
Francisco Vargas makes a marvellous debut with his magnificent The Violin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
January 4, 2008
Told with ruthless efficiency and no sentiment or sermonizing, stands as a fitting tribute to the human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
December 10, 2007
Scores heavily as a mood-driven character exploration of the nature of familial love, duty, conflict and its impact on the innocent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
January 4, 2008
A terrific debut by Vargas, who wrote, directed and produced.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
January 4, 2008
A slightly meandering build-up is saved by a second half that really cooks, with Vargas ratcheting up the tension by flirting with genre convention in order to deal with Plutarco's unconventional psychological stand-off with a malodorous Captain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 8, 2008
It's all stripped down to a conflict more abstract than historical, a fable of heroic defiance in the face of brutal oppression.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 30, 2008
An impressive debut for Mexican writer and director Francisco Vargas.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 4, 2007
A movie of undeniable gravitas and monumentality -- even if it is too fond of its own effects.
October 27, 2006
... Quevedo has fashioned a timeless testament to all that is wrong with the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Doug Cummings
September 26, 2007
by turns shocking, observant, picturesque, and thought-provoking, the film is a moving expression of the tumultuous existence of countless Mexican lives.
Tim Robey
Independent (UK)
January 4, 2008
Shot in luminous, high-contrast black and white, it has the rugged if faintly self-important authority of a Hemingway short story.
Anna Smith
January 4, 2008
A challenging yet rewarding watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2008
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San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2008
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