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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. MarianoA.
    Jan 10, 2009
    10
    Outstanding performance by Benicio del Toro (Cannes winner for this one). Great movie, tells you about the Che Guevara´s revolutionary life, the guerrilla fights and the Cuban revolution. I think you have to watch the film first and then comment something about it, ussually the conservators talks crap about any attempt to show the real deal about Che Guevara (objective way, like Soderbergh did ). And this attempt is ambitious and worthy. Expand
  3. WC
    Feb 8, 2009
    10
    Excellent film! It's fascinating to watch the ideologues, like those at the New York Post come out of the woodwork to get their digs in...oh well, they wouldn't be the Post if they were objective! Expand
  4. BillyS.
    Feb 1, 2009
    9
    Epic Filmmaking in every sense. Soderbergh has crafted his Godfather for the new century. Amazing in every detail with a brilliant Benicio Del Toro as Che. Don't talk about Oscar snubs for The Dark Knight and WALL-E, nothing for Che is just plain ignorant! Expand
  5. BecquerM
    Feb 20, 2009
    9
    Captivating for Benicio Del Toro
  6. JerryS.
    Jan 20, 2009
    6
    I'm a big fan of both Soderbergh and Del Toro, but this was disappointing. With so much time to work with, only two segments of Che's life are explored, and the lengthy time spent in them leaves you knowing little more about such a cultural icon. It's oddly impersonal and distant. Del Toro gives a fine performance, and some of the cinematography is lovely, but it's wasted on (in my opinion) poor editing and story telling. It's a war film that commits the ultimate crime -- leaving you yawning when you should be engaged and compelled by the characters and action on screen. This is a renter at best, and one best viewed when you can take some breaks from the stilted pace. Expand
  7. PaulS.
    Jan 20, 2009
    2
    I did not pay 15 dollars to see 5 hours of a man trudging through harsh terrain. I get it; his life was hard. I learned little about the man or the history surrounding his life in five hours, which seems like an imposssibility but is true. I was angry with myself for staying in the theater for the whole film, but I kept thinking this movie might get better. This is an apic failure on Soderbergh's part. Expand

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