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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
    Brilliantly, the movie becomes a double coming-of-age story. The parents' political awakening parallels their daughter's.
  3. 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.
  4. 75
    But while Kervel will probably have to have her own children before she fully understands the changes parents go through, she's bound to adjust to her folks' whims. Having no power of her own, what choice does she have?
  5. Documentary filmmaker Julie Gavras has made a successful transition into narratives with the remarkably assured, thoroughly delightful Blame It on Fidel.
  6. Reviewed by: Jamie Tipps
    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.
  7. The young heroine is rather humorless, but Gavras's intelligence and skillful touch are evident throughout.

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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
    An 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
    Delightful film that lets the audience discover through a child's eyes.