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  • Summary: This documentary examines the political and social impact that Cuban leader Fidel Castro has had upon the world during the more than forty years he has been in power.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Bravo works too hard at extolling Castro -- The film's historical footage is compelling, though, and provides plenty to think about.
  2. Estela Bravo's film Fidel, The Untold Story has the kitsch appeal of a farm implement on a restaurant wall, or an Andy Warhol Mao poster: Interesting, but not for its original purpose.
  3. 60
    It's a refreshing change from the self-interest and paranoia that shape most American representations of Castro. At the same time, Bravo anticipates that such a view will drive some nuts.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    The lack of opposing viewpoints soon grows tiresome -- the film feels more like a series of toasts at a testimonial dinner than a documentary.
  5. 50
    Makes a convincing argument that the decades-old Cuban blockade has outlived its usefulness.
  6. 50
    Unabashed Fidel worship.
  7. This is bad cinema and bad history. Ms. Bravo is unstinting in her praise for the omelet and her admiration of the chef, but she refuses to admit that she's walking on eggshells.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3