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Viva Zapata! Reviews

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 30, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 1, 2007
Elia Kazan's direction strives for a personal intimacy but neither he nor the John Steinbeck scripting achieves in enough measure.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The direction and John Steinbeck's script seem stranded in a no man's land between straightforward adventure and a pessimistic allegory about the corrupting nature of power.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
May 11, 2013
"Viva Zapata!" is one of those films that, while it continues to have impressive aspects, just doesn't hold up as well as it did when it was first made. You find yourself wishing it were in widescreen, and that they had hired at least ONE Latino actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The Mexican revolution whitewashed for east-coast intellectuals.

Film4
May 24, 2003
Kazan paints a romantic picture of a man who was actually a cold-hearted tyrant.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Elia Kazan places an interesting and honest spotlight upon politics, which proves that left wing liberators are just as dangerous as the right wing fascists they have overpowered, and vice versa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
Marlon Brando, como mexicano e com os olhos puxados, está sensacional como sempre, assim como o vivaz Quinn. História bem conduzida por Kazan que mostra o nascimento de uma lenda.
| Original Score: 5/5
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
August 8, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 5, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Douglas Pratt
DVDLaser
November 6, 2004
Elia Kazan's only stab at an action picture
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
December 24, 2005
Fine Kazan "western" w/strong Quinn and Brando turns.
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
November 15, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 15, 2006
For all its shortcomings, Zapata remains a vital work that has a curious resonance today in light of Kazan's subsequent decision to "name names" for HUAC.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Throbs with a rare vitality, and a masterful picture of a nation in revolutionary torment has been got by Director Elia Kazan.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 22, 2011
Kazan's biopic of the Mexican revolutionary offers good parts to Marlon Brando in the lead and Anthony Quinn as his brother, but it gets too conventional in the second half.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

TV Guide
November 1, 2007
Great acting exercise, Tabascoed with Brando, peppered with Quinn, but otherwise Kazan/Steinbeck refried beans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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