Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Mar 3, 2011
    Telling an old story in a new way and infusing what might have been a dry political polemic with poetry, passion and unlikely warmth.
  2. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Mar 3, 2011
    An ambitious mix of politics, religion, art, and human drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Feb 17, 2011
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Feb 17, 2011
    It's to the film's credit that its inescapable conclusion seems in doubt until the very end.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 4, 2013
    A 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 Full Review »
  2. Dec 9, 2012
    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 nicely written script. It Full Review »
  3. Aug 27, 2011
    just 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 Full Review »