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El Baño del Papa (The Pope's Toilet) Reviews

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August 1, 2008
Beto as a character is problematic - one minute hes a twinkly, moustachiod dreamer hoping for a better life; the next he's a macho bully who shoves his cowering wife around their shack. The film requires that we focus on the former and forgive the latter.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 1, 2008
Full of folksy humour but next to no urgency, it's a strangely exasperating slice of humdrum world cinema.
January 30, 2009
The movie isn't as bad as I feared, but I can't give it much of an endorsement, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 8, 2009
The Pope's Toilet entertains, even while it illustrates how the impoverished can adjust their religious ideals out of desperation.
June 18, 2009
Despite the sensationalism of Holy Father's arrival, the subtext here is that there's a speck on the map whose poor are treated as well as a backed-up john.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 1, 2008
This is a heartfelt and deadpan portrait of the knife-edge poverty of people who are not so much greedy as desperate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 1, 2008
Worth spending a penny on, but not much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 7, 2009
Although not the best imaginative movie title ever to grace a matinee sign, The Pope's Toilet resonates with a distinctive warmth and sense of reality and purpose.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2008
Focusing on the simple folk normally relegated to the background of the world stage, this warm comedy has a gentle Life Of Brian flavour and its own shrewd sense of enterprise.
August 1, 2008
Lots of bruised humour, quiet virtuosity - watch for the slow-motion montage of disaster - and doggy-eyed optimism.
July 31, 2008
You'll certainly be rooting for Beto and his brood by the time the Popemobile rolls into town.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 31, 2008
Overall an emotionally rich and tender film, beautifully played, with heart and head in massive abundance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
May 24, 2007
A pseudo-documentary that focuses on the hardships and penuries of their characters with such visual and dramatic intensity that its irony is often pushed aside.
January 16, 2008
Equilibrando-se muito bem entre o drama e o humor, O Banheiro do Papa ainda torna-se incrivelmente tenso em seu terceiro ato.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 1, 2008
Charming and hilariously offbeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 22, 2008
The Pope's Toilet excels most in its expression of a particular time and place, which Charlone films with the kind of physical intensity and realism associated with recent Argentine cinema.
April 8, 2009
The Pope's Toilet cloaks religious critique in the scrappy tempo of irremediable poverty and irrepressible enterprise.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 19, 2009
A celebration of hope, humor and resilience among the humble and only secondarily a dig at media distortion and the disconnect between the Church and the poor.
July 31, 2008
A little toilet humour goes a long way in this otherwise sobering portrait of life in a rural corner of South America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 31, 2008
Engaging, well acted and superbly directed drama that often feels like a Uruguayan Ken Loach movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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