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The Violin (El Violin) Reviews

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 7, 2008
The film from first-timer Francisco Vargas puts a human face on universal suffering. It is also about the power of music, as the title instrument saves (for a while anyway) three generations of peasant men in their roles as guerrilla fighters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
February 8, 2008
Life-or-death matters are handled with compelling gravity.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 4, 2008
A message this political has rarely been delivered in so poetic a form.
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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 7, 2007
Shot in a silvery black and white that lends a photojournalistic effect, this is not an easy film to sit through. But it will be a tough one to forget if you do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 5, 2007
Tavira's acting is the high point of this suspenseful yet beautiful movie, which -- for a while at least -- proves that music can soothe the savage breast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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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.
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Justin Chang
May 25, 2006
Stark but absorbing drama follows an aging musician, beautifully played by Don Angel Tavira, who fiddles his way into the front lines of Mexico's peasant revolts during the 1970s.