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  • Summary: Blame it on Fidel is the story of a 9 year-old girl growing up during the early 70's who's quiet, middle-class life is thrown into chaos when her parents become political activists. (Gaumont)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
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  1. 90
    A wrenching, funny and wise little picture, with a diva-like junior star at its center.
  2. 88
    The film contains a surprising amount of understated humor. It is not a grim portrayal of a harsh upbringing, but an affectionate portrait of parents who will be able to change the world before they will be able to change their daughter.
  3. 88
    Brilliantly, the movie becomes a double coming-of-age story. The parents' political awakening parallels their daughter's.
  4. 75
    Blame It on Fidel doesn't aim for the profundity of Costa-Gavras films like "State of Siege" and "Z" - but who's complaining?
  5. Reviewed by: Jamie Tipps
    70
    Despite the seriousness of the subject, the movie is sweet and charming; it knows that audiences hate to be preached to and instead shows us--as it shows a Anna--why we should care about being humane.
  6. Documentary filmmaker Julie Gavras has made a successful transition into narratives with the remarkably assured, thoroughly delightful Blame It on Fidel.
  7. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    50
    Gavras’ ending makes it clear where her sympathies lie. In the process of building to that conclusion, she overplays her metaphor a bit, but still, political tracts rarely come this sweet and sympathetic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 19, 2012
    8
    An accurate portrayal of what it feels like to slowly awaken to the "grown up" world. The detail and identification concerning the mainAn accurate portrayal of what it feels like to slowly awaken to the "grown up" world. The detail and identification concerning the main character is well thought out, and particularly moving at times. Expand
  2. DavidT.
    Sep 15, 2007
    7
    Delightful film that lets the audience discover through a child's eyes.

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