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

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 1, 2008
Full of folksy humour but next to no urgency, it's a strangely exasperating slice of humdrum world cinema.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
April 8, 2009
The Pope's Toilet entertains, even while it illustrates how the impoverished can adjust their religious ideals out of desperation.
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
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
Cath Clarke
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
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
August 1, 2008
Worth spending a penny on, but not much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
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
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 1, 2008
Lots of bruised humour, quiet virtuosity - watch for the slow-motion montage of disaster - and doggy-eyed optimism.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
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
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David Jenkins
Time Out
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
Dan Fainaru
Screen International
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.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
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
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 1, 2008
Charming and hilariously offbeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Koehler
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.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 8, 2009
The Pope's Toilet cloaks religious critique in the scrappy tempo of irremediable poverty and irrepressible enterprise.
| Original Score: 3/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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
Matthew Turner
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
Tom Dawson
Total Film
August 1, 2008
El Baño Del Papa (which translates as The Pope's Toilet) is an engaging and humane affair, never losing sight of its characters' material hardships.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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