Socrates Reviews

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October 7, 2020
There's no happiness to be found here - the boy smiles, winningly, maybe twice in the entire film - but some redemption in the passing beauty of the skilful filmmaking and the charisma of the leading actor, Christian Malheiros.
September 7, 2020
Although it was developed and made with the involvement of teenagers supported by a Unicef project, this Brazilian drama is not some rough-and-ready student film.
September 4, 2020
Despite its apparent simplicity, Sócrates has a richly textured emotional range. First-time director Alexandre Moratto accomplishes a great deal using a limited arsenal of tools.
September 4, 2020
Not a huge amount may happen in terms of plot and Moratto keeps his storyline light on its feet, but the situation and emotions feel real and raw.
September 3, 2020
Socrates left me wondering if it was slightly underdeveloped as a feature project. But plenty of glossier and more finished films don't have its beating compassionate heart.
September 2, 2020
If one coup of Moratto's film is our instant bond with star Christian Malheiros, another is that a film can feel so measured with this much drama in such close quarters.
September 2, 2020
A potent and quietly enthralling drama that uses its loose, naturalistic performances to tell a story of a society that refuses to take responsibility.
August 24, 2020
This surprising through-line works, though; carried, along with so many things, by Malheiros' moving debut performance.
August 20, 2020
The film crams a lot of hardship into its 70 minutes, as well as an abundance of humanity.
February 10, 2020
Although scripted with plenty of incident, Socrates presents a mediocre conclusion. However, that aspect doesn't undermine the severity and importance of the topics addressed.
January 2, 2020
An intimate and compelling film. Despite the low budget it does what it has to to tell its tale. Really opens the viewers' hearts and minds to the precarious place of many youth around the world.
October 16, 2019
The story is slight, the themes overly familiar, but the film's deep compassion for its subjects redeems it.
October 8, 2019
There's a strikingly realistic tone to this Brazilian drama, pulling the audience into the experiences of a teen who is being squeezed in from all sides.
September 25, 2019
Trading on sentimentality, this type of storytelling coerces viewers by projecting social consciousness through juvenile media icons. Above all, the ploy is politically devious; the idea of innocence is manipulated as rhetoric.
September 9, 2019
This brave little film, a tale of an uncomprehending hero whose every step seemingly is a misstep, is not unlike the best offerings of Italian neorealism of the post-war years.
August 21, 2019
A work whose accomplishments signal a director of great promise.
August 20, 2019
With an authenticity rarely seen in contemporary cinema, it examines the lives of those that struggle to survive in ecosystems that function according to their own decrepit principles.
August 15, 2019
The hand-held camera is the best way Socrates' trip could have been [filmed]. The protagonist's erratic evolution splices with its dynamic movement. [Full review in Spanish]
August 15, 2019
This passionate first feature crams a lot of drama into its brief 71 minutes.
August 9, 2019
It's authentic, for sure, but as a story about a character juggling grief and poverty and uncertainty, the movie feels as if it's just scratching the surface of its possibilities.
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