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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 24, 2002
Becomes nothing more than a waiting game -- an annoying, endless deathwatch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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
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Jan Stuart
December 21, 2001
A dreary Aristotelian tragedy whose contemporary geopolitical relevance cannot compensate for the lack of gripping protagonists.
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Hank Sartin
Chicago Reader
April 1, 2010
The appearance of circus performers in any film not by Fellini usually bodes ill, and it does so here.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 27, 2002
arthouse fans hunger for a lot more than tortilla chips for an appetizer.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
January 10, 2002
Turns a potentially interesting story into, well, refined sugar.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
Emanuel Levy
July 3, 2005
| Original Score: B-
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat
November 12, 2003
a family saga told with all the muscle of the best Sergio Leone western.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 12, 2001
Provides a window into a radically different time and place.
Christopher Null
June 15, 2002
Poignant and touching.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 12, 2003
A sumptuously filmed parable on the futility of violence.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 18, 2002
Salles ... has crafted a compelling existential tableau.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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