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  • Summary: Even the Rain sets up an intriguing dialogue about Spanish imperialism through incidents taking place some 500 years apart, while examining the personal belief systems of the members of a film crew headed by director Sebastian (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his producer Costa (Luis Tosar) whoEven the Rain sets up an intriguing dialogue about Spanish imperialism through incidents taking place some 500 years apart, while examining the personal belief systems of the members of a film crew headed by director Sebastian (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his producer Costa (Luis Tosar) who arrive in Bolivia to make a revisionist film about the conquest of Latin America. (Vitagraph Films)

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  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Feb 17, 2011
    90
    Splendidly panoramic. The scenes of Columbus's arrival and of his imperialist and religious sloganeering, and of the carnage he wreaks, have a grandeur and a force reminiscent of Terrence Malick films. The segments about the chaotic water riots have a documentary immediacy.
  2. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Mar 3, 2011
    88
    An ambitious mix of politics, religion, art, and human drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Cogshell
    Feb 22, 2011
    80
    The film is at once clever, poignant and timely.
  4. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 17, 2011
    75
    That irresistible thing - a movie about the making of a movie - combined with a bit of a history and a political message.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 10, 2011
    75
    Even the Rain strikes a deep and resonant chord.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 19, 2011
    67
    Essentially three movies in one: The staged reenactment of Columbus's expedition, the filming of that staged expedition, and the contemporary local uprising. It's a lot to bite off, especially since Bollaín's budget doesn't seem to be much larger than Sebastián's.
  7. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Feb 25, 2011
    40
    For all his good intentions, screenwriter Paul Laverty (best known for his work with Ken Loach) is didactic and crudely manipulative.

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  1. Jun 14, 2011
    10
    Amazing.... Where the story within the story becomes the narrative. This is real art...that of art being a mirror of Life. Great acting, greatAmazing.... Where the story within the story becomes the narrative. This is real art...that of art being a mirror of Life. Great acting, great story, great scenery. Emotion. Expand
  2. Aug 27, 2011
    8
    just an amazing movie with a script beyond political correct cliches.Then acting is more than convincing,beautiful photography andjust an amazing movie with a script beyond political correct cliches.Then acting is more than convincing,beautiful photography and cinematography allthough the key element is the editing that managed to balance ideally the story within the story script Expand
  3. Nov 4, 2013
    8
    A powerful film. The parallels between the “Conquista” times and the revolts in contemporary Cochabamba are well-constructed andA powerful film. The parallels between the “Conquista” times and the revolts in contemporary Cochabamba are well-constructed and self-explanatory. Great and effective editing work. The characters possess an energy and truth that is not easy to find in today’s films. The internal conflict that the characters go through, the psychological development of some of them, and the relationships with others, keep up the audience's interest and attention Expand
  4. Dec 9, 2012
    8
    I found it very easy to identify with all of the main players thanks to some great performances from all involved and also a really nicelyI found it very easy to identify with all of the main players thanks to some great performances from all involved and also a really nicely written script. It Expand

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