Socrates Reviews

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 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 8, 2019
[T]he blistering sincerity in "Socrates" is not fabricated but channeled from its authentic source. Sugarcoating was not allowed.
August 7, 2019
Striking in its gritty, powerful authenticity.
August 3, 2019
Socrates shows its audience how easy it can be when we as a society let down our children, treating them like a problem to be swept away rather than finding a solution that could be so easily handled.
July 26, 2019
...but as an expression of undying love against all odds, it succeeds where many others have failed.
July 9, 2019
[Moratto] imbues this unhappy slice of slum life with an energy and compassion that transcends mere miserabilism.
June 27, 2019
The film boasts a striking authenticity, and Malheiros, in his film debut, is pitch-perfect, conveying Sócrates' hunger (for food, money and love), his self-reliance and his despair in ways that are both heartbreaking and inspiring.
March 13, 2019
Thankfully, filmmaker Moratto remains intensely personal about these darkly political themes, keeping cameras tight on Socrates' face to draw out his inner feelings.