Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Feb 5, 2013
    Landes's tone is never salacious or exploitative, nor for that matter pandering or sentimental. This is a sui generis work—warm, sporadically funny, deeply human, and altogether beguiling.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Feb 3, 2013
    Porfirio's view of physical disability often mesmerizes despite its glacial progress and stingy way with narrative information.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Feb 3, 2013
    Alejandro Landes's Porfirio is an ugly movie to watch, but it's not without purpose.
  4. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Feb 3, 2013
    The film falls into an interesting intersection between documentary and feature, between reality and fiction.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 7, 2013
    Vividly depicting the indignities of the flesh, Porfirio offers a harshly sensual portrait of a man imprisoned by paralysis and the callousness of the state.
  6. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Feb 5, 2013
    The whole notion of taking a page out of the Bressonian handbook (nonprofessional performers, a complete lack of emotionalism) lends a spiritual aspect to this antihero’s plight, with neither social neglect nor a battered corpus keeping his soul from transcending the self. Reaping the benefits of such a minimalist methodology, however, requires a high tolerance for Porfirio’s pitiless formalism.

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