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Fidel Reviews

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November 18, 2008
Offers a completely one-sided view of Castro and his life and career.
January 27, 2004
A landmark work that should have viewers across the world reaching for history books to learn not only politically expedient accounts of Fidel's life, but also the real deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
March 11, 2003
Bravo reveals the true intent of her film by carefully selecting interview subjects who will construct a portrait of Castro so predominantly charitable it can only be seen as propaganda.
| Original Score: 1/5
March 10, 2003
An overview portrait more impressionistic than anything else, hardly psychologically plumbing... Still, leftist politics aside, the film undeniably works on a human level.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 7, 2003
Any film that doesn't even in passing mention political prisoners, poverty and the boat loads of people who try to escape the country is less a documentary and more propaganda by way of a valentine sealed with a kiss.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 6, 2003
Purely propaganda, a work of unabashed hero worship, it is nonetheless -- and likely inadvertently -- a timely and invaluable implicit reminder of the role that U.S. foreign policy has played in the rise of Castro.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 6, 2003
It's a refreshing change from the self-interest and paranoia that shape most American representations of Castro.
January 31, 2003
Makes an aborbing if arguable case for the man's greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 31, 2003
Full of detail about the man and his country, and is well worth seeing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 31, 2003
Has the kitsch appeal of a farm implement on a restaurant wall, or an Andy Warhol Mao poster: Interesting, but not for its original purpose.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 3, 2003
Audiences will find no mention of political prisoners or persecutions that might paint the Castro regime in less than saintly tones.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 6, 2002
Although Estela Bravo's documentary is cloyingly hagiographic in its portrait of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, it's still a guilty pleasure to watch.
October 18, 2002
Sacrifices the value of its wealth of archival foot-age with its less-than-objective stance.
October 18, 2002
An exhilarating experience.
October 17, 2002
Ninety minutes of Viva Castro! can be as tiresome as 9 seconds of Jesse Helms' anti- Castro rhetoric, which are included
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 17, 2002
The lack of opposing viewpoints soon grows tiresome -- the film feels more like a series of toasts at a testimonial dinner than a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 17, 2002
This is an exercise not in biography but in hero worship.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
October 15, 2002
We get an image of Big Papa spanning history, rather than suspending it.
July 27, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 25, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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