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  • Summary: Set in Santiago, Chile in 1973 (and based on filmmaker Andrés Wood's own childhood), Machuca is not just a political drama, but a poignant coming-of-age film. (Film Forum)
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
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  1. An astonishingly intimate and painful coming-of-age story.
  2. Machuca is a quiet film, moving sadly toward its inevitable climax, the final scenes a lesson in the methods by which the military restores order to a divided country.
  3. Tender, funny and smart, Machuca is that rare discovery, an incisive political parable that also succeeds as a drama of sharply drawn individuals.
  4. Reviewed by: Karen Heller
    Sweet, poignant, and winningly evocative of the period, though occasionally dogged by predictable scenarios and caricatures.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Wood's drama packs an emotional gut-punch that's all the more devastating for its being rooted in a dreadful historical reality.
  6. Machuca is still a half-measure. Wood is fastidious about period set design, but not much else; rather than burning with experience, the film feels opportunistic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
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  1. KrisV.H.
    Nov 11, 2005
    Excellent movie!
  2. erikaQ.
    Oct 15, 2005
    You have to see it. i personally liked that there is not narration in the movie the enables everybody including the audience t o havea personal feeling for the film. Expand
  3. GLENT
    Mar 13, 2008
    Arguably the most viewer-friendly depiction of a bloody era in Chile. I lived in Santiago at the time, and I'm amazed about how closely the makers were able to reproduce the real street scenes; the public phone cabins, vehicles, fashion, social drama, interior design, period media, ... fascinating. Expand
  4. Maya
    Dec 31, 2005
    If I could I would rate this above 10. Very well developed and played charactors. The story was excelent. This shows the true wall of rich and poor (applied everywhere) and yet the common dinaminator of being a human being having the same needs. I grow in Iran and this was so close to home for me. Expand
  5. zumikot
    Oct 25, 2006
    This the best movie I've ever seen.
  6. AngelicaS.
    Nov 2, 2006
    One of the best movies I have ever seen! It depicts Chile's political events through the friendship of 2 children - a boy from a shanty town and an upper class boy. Both of them are meant to have a future depending on their background and opportunities it provides, although being children they don't know it themselves and only the human aspect of their friendship is important to them (as it naturally is for children). Very moving, sweet story, which makes you think. Expand
  7. GarethW
    Apr 27, 2009
    Ehhh. The scene with condensed milk was totally uncalled for and unnerving. The soundtrack ruined it for me, the music that was playing was often inappropriate for the tone of the scene. Think upbeat mariachi music at a funeral. Gonzalo was kind of a "chubby mope." Expand

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