The Pinochet Case Reviews

May 5, 2010
All the while, in newsreel footage, Pinochet struts around pompously in his absurd, operatic uniform, keeping Chile safe. For whom?
July 14, 2005
May 13, 2003
Aside from stumbling over some clunky visual metaphors Guzmn does a decent job of telling a story many outside Chile simply don't know.
March 10, 2003
The powerless wait a long time for justice, and sometimes their only justice is to finally tell their story.
December 13, 2002
What a long, strange saga it is.
December 13, 2002
It will take a strong stomach for the ordinary viewer to maintain an appetite for Pinochet apologetics after this litany of suffering.
November 7, 2002
Can't seem to get anywhere near the story's center.
November 1, 2002
October 31, 2002
The determination of Pinochet's victims to seek justice, and their often heartbreaking testimony, spoken directly into director Patricio Guzman's camera, pack a powerful emotional wallop.
October 14, 2002
It ultimately stands forth as an important chronicle of the abuses of one of Latin America's most oppressive regimes.
September 26, 2002
The Pinochet Case is a searing album of remembrance from those who, having survived, suffered most.
September 21, 2002
Like all great documentaries, The Pinochet Case illustrates a universal pattern, in this case a frightening fact of human survival that leads repeatedly to unspeakable tyranny.
September 11, 2002
A riveting documentary.
September 11, 2002
Even though we know the outcome, the seesawing of the general's fate in the arguments of competing lawyers has the stomach-knotting suspense of a legal thriller, while the testimony of witnesses lends the film a resonant undertone of tragedy.
September 10, 2002
A coda in every sense, The Pinochet Case splits time between a minute-by-minute account of the British court's extradition chess game and the regime's talking-head survivors.
September 6, 2002
Guzman's powerful and sometimes triumphant documentary is not only an excellent overview of the affair, but serves as the perfect finale to the monumental trilogy about the coup and its aftermath.
September 3, 2002
While Guzmn frustratingly refuses to give Pinochet's crimes a political context, his distance from the material is mostly admirable.