Loving Pablo (2018)


Critic Consensus: Loving Pablo bungles its seemingly cinematic real-life story -- and a pair of talented stars -- in producing a lurid biopic that adds nothing to the Escobar subgenre.


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Loving Pablo chronicles the rise and fall of the world's most feared drug lord Pablo Escobar (Javier Bardem) and his volatile love affair with Colombia's most famous journalist Virginia Vallejo (Penélope Cruz) throughout a reign of terror that tore a country apart.

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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (8)

The film spends much too much time going over the same rise-and-fall material that has been a staple of many portrayals of Escobar himself and of most gangster films going back to the 1930's.

Oct 5, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"Tolerating Pablo" might have better suited this unremarkable picture...

Oct 4, 2018 | Full Review…

It's the cinematic equivalent of a vintage True Confessions article-the kind that would inspire a headline like "My Sin Was Loving Him."

Oct 2, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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Both actors gamely bring the full heft of their movie-star charisma.

Oct 2, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

At its heart, this is a soap opera - a bloody one, sure, but still a soap with deliciously ripe dialogue and a diva at the center.

Oct 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As if the figure of the king of drug trafficking wasn't a stereotype canonized by thrillers addicted to the dirty business, 'Loving Pablo' looks us right in the eyes and tells us it has just invented chicken soup..

Jun 13, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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