Che: Part One (The Argentine) Reviews

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November 18, 2011
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.
March 6, 2009
There is precious little in these movies to fill out our understanding of what it was that made Che a rebel, a leader of men, and the repository of the romantic dreams of several generations of armchair revolutionaries
February 20, 2009
A potentially great title-role performance by Benicio Del Toro, which won him the best actor award at Cannes, is buried beneath Soderbergh's stylistic tics and a defiant lack of dramatic tension.
February 20, 2009
One thing's for certain: whether it's a meditation on guerrilla warfare, on Che or on moviemaking itself, you've seen nothing like it and are unlikely to ever again.
February 18, 2009
In releasing this reverent, meticulous, fascinating but flaccid history in two lengthy parts, Soderbergh committed perhaps the greatest sin of all. He made Che boring.
January 23, 2009
As absorbing as it is frustrating.
January 23, 2009
Che, the story of a failed revolutionary, also fails as a film.
January 20, 2009
It's hard to know which scene, where the men are tired, hungry and ill-equipped, is more or less important than the others.
January 20, 2009
I do respect Steven Soderberg for taking on this film and giving us a great part one and for Del Toro's performance alone.
January 16, 2009
You can smell the gun smoke and taste the cigars.
January 16, 2009
The film's last chapter is arid yet breathtaking cinema, marked by despairing visuals and a climax that withers, not winds, to a close.
January 16, 2009
If Soderbergh's ambition was to make us feel just how dull it would be to a woods-dwelling communist guerrilla, he succeeded.
January 16, 2009
In so many ways, Soderbergh's film does the right things, usually by omission. Why, then, does it feel slightly wrong?
January 16, 2009
Director Steven Soderbergh's two-part, four-hour Che is part folly and part fulfillment, a methodical if coolly romantic portrait of the most familiar 1960s T-shirt icon outside the peace symbol.
January 15, 2009
With Benicio Del Toro delivering a fiercely indrawn and mesmerizing performance in the title role, Che is neither a hagiography nor a superficial character sketch.
January 15, 2009
A richly detailed but emotionally blank account of Guevara's life.
January 15, 2009
Benicio Del Toro, one of the film's producers, gives a heroic performance, not least because it's self-effacing.
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