South of the Border Reviews

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November 11, 2010
SOUTH OF THE BORDER points to the need of a good contemporary study of South American political movement rather than actually filling that vacancy.
October 2, 2010
What's frustrating about the film is that even though it's clear Stone is making a number of valid and important points about both media manipulation and America's untoward political influence, he's also so obviously biased in his reporting.
September 30, 2010
Stone has a crucial, overlooked viewpoint to impart, but as a documentary filmmaker, his content and technique are not terribly engaging.
August 3, 2010
Risks alienating even those who instinctively side with [Stone's] political agenda.
July 30, 2010
Disjointed, shallow, slim and skittish.
July 30, 2010
One can't help but feeling that this particular cinma-vrit leans a lot more towards 'cinema' than 'vrit.'
July 30, 2010
It becomes clear that Stone is ill-equipped to conduct a serious political analysis of the continent.
July 30, 2010
Stone's film could have allowed political voices that are rarely present to get a fair, and critical hearing. Instead he near smooches them to death.
July 29, 2010
"I've never seen such energy!" gushes Stone of his new best friend, setting the tone for a film as "fair and balanced" as the right-wing media it so roundly castigates.
July 29, 2010
It looks like raw notes and impressions for a future novel.
July 23, 2010
Stone can try all he wants to restyle himself as a larger-than-life neo-journalist, but it will take more than clipping a pen to his shirtfront to mitigate the absurdity of that notion.
July 22, 2010
Frankly more puff piece than solid journalism, a picture that squanders its potential by preferring softballs to hard pitches.
July 8, 2010
A one-sided document of a clear blowhard with some interviews of South American leaders on the side.
July 6, 2010
A personal, maddeningly blinkered travelogue through Latin America that, for all its willful naivete, offers a valuable glimpse of historical and social change.
June 30, 2010
Though he lavishes praise on his subjects for being hyper-masculine and free-thinking, Stone is downright girlish in his devotion, scoffing at charges made against the leaders rather than examining them.
June 30, 2010
Edging closer to boilerplate leftwing loon, Stone embarrasses himself by backing the wrong horse and then making a weak case for him.
June 28, 2010
Stone's doc is a simple, slanted exercise, but on some level also a useful one.
June 28, 2010
I think it's a galling.
June 28, 2010
Too much of the movie is about Stone's fawning regard for these powerful men. He's an annoying presence, both on screen and in voiceover, who nearly sabotages his own movie.
June 25, 2010
I can't accept [it] to be classified as propaganda. I think I'd have preferred it as such. Instead the documentary is as much a vanity project as I've ever seen on film.
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