Che: Part One (The Argentine) Reviews

December 2, 2018
Soderbergh's noble trudge through a ground-level account of the Cuban Revolution as seen through our notional conduit, Che Guevara, is some feat of logistical filmmaking.
November 4, 2018
Soderbergh prefers to show fact rather than get bogged down by trite dramatic gimmicks. This biopic sees life as a collection of incidents rather than a coherent whole with a beginning, middle and end.
October 17, 2018
There's no need for character assassination here. But the absence of darker, more contradictory revelations of his nature leaves Che bereft of complexity. All that remains is a South American superman: uncomplex, pure of heart, defiantly pious and boring.
May 14, 2018
It's magnificent filmmaking and Soderbergh's portrait of the man whose face adorns millions or T-shirts takes a neutral position... Like a jigsaw puzzle everything fits perfectly by the end.
March 16, 2018
Little by little the facts are reconstructed, with great care, in detail, like a well-choreographed waltz... [Full review in Spanish]
November 18, 2011
August 16, 2011
The myth somehow deserves better.
April 4, 2011
March 24, 2011
The quality of the film is more than a testament to Mr Del Toro's acting skills, it is a reminder that Hollywood can make great films without 'selling out'.
January 26, 2011
The director sees Guevara as a pure humanitarian. ... The films are excellent, but understanding this complex historical figure requires more than one source.
June 13, 2010
Soderbergh has no interest in sentimentality, or back story, or even really in Guevara's philosophy, except as a rigorously footnoted onscreen reflection. Practically rejecting outright the concept of poetic license, Che is radical as a biopic.
February 4, 2010
simultaneously a Hollywood throwback with its lengthy, four-and-a-half-hour roadshow grandiosity and a challenging experiment in genre reformulation
January 17, 2010
Che is a ground-level study in perseverance.
October 1, 2009
Those who have read something about this will get more out of the movies, but it's not compulsory. I saw both parts in one day and the experience was absorbing.
October 1, 2009
The Guevara portrayed here has humour but no irony: his commitment to the revolutionary ethos leaves little room for doubt, neurosis, or private loyalties of any kind.
October 1, 2009
Soderbergh has made two almost perfect war films, more like the Rings Trilogy than The Green Berets.
September 30, 2009
A major disappointment. Soderbergh has stripped the story of most of its drama and though Del Toro, who won Best Actor at Cannes last year, is very convincing as Che, this Spanish-language film almost seems like an anti-movie.
September 30, 2009
Overall, a worthwhile venture if you have always wanted to know more about Guevara's controversial legacy, but were unsure where to start.
September 29, 2009
It's not a Hollywood-style movie - it demands patience and proper attention - but it's a great movie, and rewards magnificently.
September 29, 2009
An extraordinary performance from Benicio Del Toro anchors this long but gripping film based on a powerful true story.