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  • Summary: Based on a true story, The Middle of the World is about a couple and their five children - ages ranging from 6 months to 14 years old - as they travel 3,200 km by bicycle across Brazil in search of a dream. (Buena Vista International)
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    60
    Although not what American studios generally mean by "family fare," this drama is actually excellent family viewing -- it both opens a window onto another culture and, through Antonio, speaks the universal language of teen angst.
  2. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    40
    Debuting helmer Vicente Amorim provides a determined forward movement, which, while lacking in cultural explanation, gives the saga uplift and punch.
  3. Wants to be both a realistic family drama and a mythical odyssey but lacks the substance to be much more than a vignette.
  4. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    40
    A dull film, inspired by a true story.
  5. In the depiction of this unlikely journey -- it is supposedly based on a real-life story -- the film awkwardly veers between naturalism and a striving for poetic myth.
  6. Director Vicente Amorim's dramatic instincts evoke after-school specials (most of the drama entails the clan's brooding teenager chomping at the parental bit), and his visual ideas are restricted to aping "City of God's" fish-eye ambience and hectic editing.
  7. 30
    When they (the family) arrive at their destination, the story arrives at an ending that's neither obvious nor interesting, kind of like the film leading up to it.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2