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  • Summary: An army captain is commissioned to establish a prostitution service to placate the needs of soldiers posted in the Amazon.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. This may not seem to be the stuff of comedy, but a comedy it is, and a compelling one too, laden with hot sex and standout performances.
  2. While Pantaleón does have its scorching erotic moments and skewers establishment hypocrisy toward prostitution, it lacks the originality and complexity of "Y Tu Mamá."
  3. 63
    Director Francisco de Lombardi fills his sensual film with plenty of gorgeous shots of the lush landscape and its equally exotic, miniskirted "fauna."
  4. A military satire in the tradition of M*A*S*H and Catch-22, based on Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa's 1973 book.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Roaming freely between comedy (which mostly works) and drama (which mostly doesn't) before settling on trite sentimentality, the film may not be an altogether unpleasant way to pass the time, but, ultimately, the innocuous Captain Pantoja doesn't earn its stripes.
  6. A pedestrian film that provides little more than a superficial treat.
  7. 30
    Sadly, most of Lombardi's movie is too doggedly mediocre to cut loose, overheated (and quite lovely) cinematography notwithstanding.
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  1. Charlie
    Dec 3, 2005
    Fantastic movie!!! Very well done and sensual. No movie will be liked by all, but i liked this one.

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