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: Kimberley Jones
    Apr 14, 2011
    So potent it nearly succeeds even as a vacuum sits squarely at its center.
  2. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Mar 3, 2011
    An ambitious mix of politics, religion, art, and human drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Cogshell
    Feb 22, 2011
    The film is at once clever, poignant and timely.
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Feb 25, 2011
    For all his good intentions, screenwriter Paul Laverty (best known for his work with Ken Loach) is didactic and crudely manipulative.
  5. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 25, 2011
    The movie is brave to raise the questions it does, although at the end I looked in vain for a credit saying, "No extras were underpaid in the making of this film."
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 19, 2011
    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: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 18, 2011
    More serious-minded than expected, with a unique and savvy point of view.
  8. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Feb 18, 2011
    The film achieves a mild uptick in the final act, with a surprise change of heart and a race to save a little girl, but up till then it's thickly earnest -- a conquista-bore.
  9. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 10, 2011
    Even the Rain strikes a deep and resonant chord.
  10. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    May 12, 2011
    It starts as clever, but it ends in real feeling.
  11. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 17, 2011
    That irresistible thing - a movie about the making of a movie - combined with a bit of a history and a political message.
  12. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Mar 11, 2011
    Europeans have a taste for both the mechanics of trickery and the machinations of power, and the politically astute Spanish film "Even the Rain" belongs in the same conversation with Francois Truffaut's "Day for Night" and Pedro Almodovar's "Bad Education."
  13. 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.
  14. 75
    It's all a bit too schematic, yet the ambition is admirable and the message powerful: Today, no less than yesterday, the weak must be strong to survive, and their strength is endlessly tested.
  15. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Feb 9, 2011
    While the concept may sound schematic, it is brought to vivid life by wonderful characterizations.
  16. 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Jonathan Holland
    Feb 9, 2011
    Iciar Bollain's fifth feature is her most ambitious and best, driving its big ideas home through a tightly knit Paul Laverty script that only falters over the final reel.
  18. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Feb 9, 2011
    Director Icíar Bollaín mixes Even the Rain's various storytelling modes with an obviousness that ultimately negates enlightening intellectual or emotional discovery.
  19. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 17, 2011
    Deeply felt convictions and first-rate craftsmanship-craftswomanship, in the case of the Spanish director, Icíar Bollaín-win out over contrivance in this parallel drama of exploitation in the New World discovered by Columbus, and in the Bolivia of 2000.
  20. 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.
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 »