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74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 7, 2013
    60
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Feb 5, 2013
    100
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Feb 5, 2013
    60
    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.