Che: Part One (The Argentine) 2009

Che: Part One

Critics Consensus

Though lengthy and at times plodding, Soderbergh's vision and Benicio Del Toro's understated performance ensure that Che always fascinates.

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Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Benicio Del Toro) transforms from intellectual, asthmatic doctor to one of Latin America's legendary revolutionaries. In the years before his famous 1964 visit to the United Nations, Che joins forces with Cuban exile Fidel Castro (Demián Bichir) and ignites a revolution that eventually brings an end to the Batista regime in Cuba.

Cast & Crew

Benicio Del Toro
Ernesto 'Che' Guevara de la Serna
Demián Bichir
Fidel Castro
Santiago Cabrera
Camillo Cienfuegos
Elvira Mínguez
Celia Sanchez
Jorge Perugorría
Joaquin
Edgar Ramírez
Ciro Redondo
Victor Rasuk
Rogelio Acevedo
Belén Atienza
Executive Producer
Álvaro Augustin
Executive Producer
Frederic W. Brost
Executive Producer
Brahim Chioua
Executive Producer
Alberto Iglesias
Original Music
Steven Soderbergh
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Critic Reviews for Che: Part One (The Argentine)

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (96) | Rotten (46)

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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Hank Sartin

    Time Out
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  • 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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Soderbergh has made two almost perfect war films, more like the Rings Trilogy than The Green Berets.

    October 1, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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

    March 6, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Che: Part One (The Argentine)

  • Jun 26, 2012
    Excellent film with an excellent cast with an excellent performance from Benicio del Toro, breathtaking. The script, the acting, the action, the drama, the true things that happen in this movie were unforgettable. I'm from Puerto Rico, and I can talk the same language as them, so I cant say this is a foreign film, sense it is from the same language as mine, and listening them talking in Spanish was just really great. The dialogue between everybody is rich and superbly acted, it was just a fantastic experience and I will be expecting Part Two to be just as epic as Part One.
    Angel G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    With "Che: Part One," Steven Soderbergh proves once again that he's one of the finest directors out there when it comes to creating a stylish, visually exceptional motion picture. But there's one element that Soderbergh's film is missing: emotion. We watch as political discussions are made, soldiers are recruited into Che's army and gunfights break out, but there is a fair amount of distance between us and these characters - so much, in fact, that we don't really care much about what they're doing. Soderbergh's cold approach is effective because it puts us right in the middle of the revolution, but it's also off-putting in how removed it is from the action. Benicio Del Toro's performance is solid and the final battle sequence is brilliantly staged, but "Che: Part One" just isn't really involving.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2011
    What an incredible documentary re-enacted to perfection by Benicio Del Toro as the Argentine revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara. This film shows his beginning determination of the rise to power by recruiting his hand picked followers to become rebellious Cuban revolutionaries..originally led by Fidel Castro. Although at various times it is slow moving and thoroughly detailed with facts, it is a good piece of memorable Cuban non-fiction on film.
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2011
    A sprawling, epic look at the life of Che Guevara through the lense of Steven Soderbergh. Del Toro is brilliant in the lead.
    Graham J Super Reviewer

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