Lula, the Son of Brazil - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Lula, the Son of Brazil Reviews

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Robert Koehler
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
January 26, 2012
Glossing over such inconvenient facts as out-of-wedlock fatherhood, this unabashed encomium skimps on complexity and insight in the name of veneration.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 13, 2012
Lula, Son of Brazil is proof that even charismatic political figures, in this case, Brazil's former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, can be felled by the requirements of the standard biopic genre.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 13, 2012
With its $5 million budget, "Lula'' is said to be Brazil's most expensive movie yet. It's a shame the money wasn't better spent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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January 12, 2012
Long on hero worship and woefully short on insight, Lula: Son of Brazil oozes good intentions, but it wouldn't look out of place in a retrospective of early Soviet workerist cinema.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 12, 2012
A conventional, rather shallow up-by-your-bootstraps drama, but with a difference.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
January 10, 2012
Forget Son of Brazil: This syrupy origin story/biopic on the nation's beloved reformist president, whose second term ended in 2010, should be titled Mama's Boy.
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David Fear
Time Out
January 10, 2012
You're mostly left with facts, dates and iconic poses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
January 13, 2011
Barreto's direction doesn't avoid the flatness of many TV biographies, and the film drags on too long to captivate audiences who do not revere Lula as their national hero.