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  • Summary: November 26, 1956; led by Fidel Castro , a band of 80 rebels sails to Cuba. Among these young rebels is Argentine physician, Marxist, soldier, Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Nation-less, strapped for resources and fueled only by determination, the group engages in swift, bloody battle to free the Cuban people from the corrupt dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. Che and his soldiers wrestle the nation's resources and affection from Batista's grasp. Though considered a hero by some, Che becomes a hugely controversial figure. At the height of his fame and power, he disappears. Entering South America incognito, Che recruits another band of guerilla fighters in the harsh Bolivian jungles. They embark upon a mission to spark revolution throughout Latin America. (IFC Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. 91
    In both halves, Soderbergh emphasizes observation over ideology with an eye toward the mundane details of life on the front lines of a revolution.
  2. 88
    The labor applied to Che is apparent, but it would be wrong to characterize the movie as laborious the way it was in, say, 2006's "The Good German," where Soderbergh took great pains to re-create 1940s Hollywood wartime glamour.
  3. 80
    Every Bolivian sequence has its Cuban parallel, which is why Che's two parts are best seen together. Guerrilla may be the more realized of the two--and could certainly stand on its own--but it is only comprehensible in the light of The Argentine. Elevating Guerrilla to tragedy, The Argentine puts some hope in hopelessness--and even in history.
  4. 70
    Mr. Soderbergh once again offers a master class in filmmaking. As history, though, Che is finally not epic but romance. It takes great care to be true to the factual record, but it is, nonetheless, a fairy tale.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    If the director has gone out of his way to avoid the usual Hollywood biopic conventions, he has also withheld any suggestion of why the charismatic doctor, fighter, diplomat, diarist and intellectual theorist became and remains such a legendary figure; if anything, Che seems diminished by the way he's portrayed here.
  6. 50
    The title and length suggest a biographical epic, but it's neither biographical nor epic. It's as if the director, Steven Soderbergh, wanted to take tissue samples of Ernesto Che Guevara's political life.
  7. If Soderbergh's ambition was to make us feel just how dull it would be to a woods-dwelling communist guerrilla, he succeeded.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Mar 6, 2014
    10
    Bidragstagare är vi allihopa, allihopa, allihopa
    Bidragstagare är vi allihopa, allihopa, JAG MED
    Du med
    Och jag med.
    Arbete har ju ingen
    av oss, ingen av oss ingen av oss
    Arbete har ju ingen av oss, ingen av oss, inte du
    Inte jag,
    Och inte du.
    A-kassa har vi allihopa, allihopa, allihopa.
    A-kassa har vi allihopa, allihopa, JAG MED
    Du med
    Och jag med
    Blodlund fick arbete men pengar icke, pengar icke, pengar icke
    Blodlund fick arbete men pengar icke, pengar icke, inte alls
    Inte alls,
    Nej, inte alls.
    Staten finansierar ingen forskning, ingen forskning, ingen forskning
    Staten finansierar ingen forskning, ingen forskning, den drogs in
    Den drogs in,
    Ja den drogs in
    Utan nobelpris saknas pengar, saknas pengar, saknas pengar,
    Utan nobelpris saknas pengar, saknas pengar, helt klart
    Helt klart,
    Ja, helt klart.

    Musiken gav inte Edvin några pengar, några pengar, några pengar
    Musiken gav inte Edvin några pengar, några pengar, Inga pengar
    Inga pengar,
    Inga pengar alls
    Inte ens Gustav fick nå’ pengar, fick nå’ pengar, fick nå’ pengar.
    Inte ens Gustav fick nå’ pengar, fick nå’ pengar, bidrags dags
    Bidrags dags,
    Ja, bidrags dags.
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  2. Jan 6, 2012
    7
    This is strangely dull for a biopic of such an interesting historical figure. I didn't hate it. The pace could be described as languid, and it goes on for 5 hours (in two parts on DVD; 'The Argentine', 'Guerilla'). Well shot and has the tinge of authenticity. More edifying than entertaining. I'm glad i watched it but i don't need to watch it again Expand
  3. Jan 11, 2013
    4
    More interesting and impressive than enjoyable. Beautiful in parts and horrifying in others. But at times it seems like Soderburgh is more interested in honing his craft than producing a film for audiences. Expand

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