Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Oct 20, 2012
    75
    The film doesn't see any contradictions between the man and his work, which is folkloric, mostly upbeat, often humorous. Both art and artist are outsized and entertaining, and that's about all that Bel Borba Aqui has to say.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Nov 18, 2012
    70
    What the film lacks in biographical depth, it makes up for with stirring visuals (including effective bits of split screen, time-lapse photography and animation), a vibrant score and an infectious, in-the-moment spirit.
  3. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Oct 2, 2012
    60
    At one point, Borba speaks with keen perspicacity about embracing Bahian folklore even when it verges on stereotype. This documentary mirrors the enthusiasm of that embrace, but not its artistry.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 6, 2012
    50
    Will charm many arthouse patrons, though some highbrow-leaning art lovers will find the subject unworthy of such attention.
  5. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Oct 5, 2012
    50
    Borba keeps referring to himself as "a hero," but the directors, Burt Sun and André Costantini, never delve into his psyche. On the plus side is Costantini's luscious cinematography.
  6. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Oct 4, 2012
    50
    Bel Borba Aqui gives us plenty to look at, but not much to think about.
  7. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Oct 3, 2012
    50
    A vibrant catalogue of his outdoor pieces presented in context with an exhaustive portrait of Borba as a boundlessly energetic, iconoclastic creator, the documentary ties itself too tightly to its subject, mimicking forms and rhythms it never fully makes its own.
  8. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Oct 2, 2012
    50
    Now he's famous, and the production of the documentary Bel Borba Aqui, practically a montage of color, music, and Borba's constant laughter, coincides with his local acclaim.
  9. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Oct 1, 2012
    25
    There's no pointing toward something other than the work itself, no poetic digression, no suggestion of a conceptual dimensionality to the work being produced.

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