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  • Summary: An 11-year-old street boy, Obdulio, who sells newspapers for a living but cannot read or write, finds a magical "Maestro" in the night watchman of the newspaper's office. Obdulio's charismatic mentor not only introduces him to the world of literacy but also teaches him the real meaning of life through the lyrics of the "Murgas" [Carnival Pierrots] during the magical nights of the irreverent and provocative Uruguayan Carnival. (Fabrication Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. 63
    Little Acuna -- who looks even younger than 11 -- gives a sweetly unaffected performance as the beleaguered child.
  2. 50
    Sweet but not especially original.
  3. A frequently charming, if ultimately slight, coming-of-age tale.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Nocturnal settings and musical interludes create their own kind of allure, but picture feels like an art film imitation, not an authentic art film itself.
  5. Pretentious and dull, this Uruguayan exercise in magical realism takes place during the annual carnival in Montevideo.
  6. Reviewed by: Charles Petersen
    Though Momo is dedicated to "the missing children and the children who are coming to save the world," the most provocative question it asks is whether, with its conspicuous product placement, the film was secretly backed by Coca-Cola.