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April 19, 2002
After a certain point, no one is right and no one is wrong, both sides have boundless grievances, and it's the audience that wants to run away with the circus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 11, 2002
The first time I saw the Brazilian Behind the Sun, there were no subtitles, and I couldn't understand a word. The second time, it had subtitles, and, to tell you the truth, the first time was better.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 24, 2002
Becomes nothing more than a waiting game -- an annoying, endless deathwatch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 27, 2002
A family blood feud between neighbors over land in the rural sugarcane fields of the Brazil of 1910.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 21, 2001
A dreary Aristotelian tragedy whose contemporary geopolitical relevance cannot compensate for the lack of gripping protagonists.
April 1, 2010
The appearance of circus performers in any film not by Fellini usually bodes ill, and it does so here.
January 27, 2002
arthouse fans hunger for a lot more than tortilla chips for an appetizer.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 10, 2002
Turns a potentially interesting story into, well, refined sugar.
January 4, 2002
You're always aware ... that you're watching a quaintly middle-class, museum-poster notion of an 'elemental' peasant fable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 19, 2002
A lovely journey, but it's like a picture book whose text is merely incidental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 3, 2002
Salles starts with the loudly trumpeted theme, then tacks on a slim plot to justify the clamour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 3, 2005
Read More | Original Score: B-
November 12, 2003
a family saga told with all the muscle of the best Sergio Leone western.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 3/5
December 12, 2001
Provides a window into a radically different time and place.
June 15, 2002
Poignant and touching.
| Original Score: 4/5
June 12, 2003
A sumptuously filmed parable on the futility of violence.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
December 24, 2001
Salles shows us through this powerful parable that true peace will come only when individuals disarm their hearts and act in love.
April 19, 2002
There isn't a line that doesn't echo with heavy meaning or a character that has a life outside his or her dramatic purpose in this allegory.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 21, 2001
Salles has the confidence of a storyteller too entranced by his tale to worry about the resistance of his audience, which he thus effortlessly overcomes.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 18, 2002
Salles ... has crafted a compelling existential tableau.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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