Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. 100
    Lovely, heartfelt and unforced.
  2. One thing few will disagree on is the quality of the film's acting, especially by Gael García Bernal as Guevara and Rodrigo de la Serna as his friend. Both effortlessly embody the footloose, sometimes feckless quality of this "On the Road"-style adventure.
  3. 100
    A gorgeous, poetic and stirring epic.
  4. 100
    The result is a rare and precious work. The Motorcycle Diaries is an epic road movie with everything you'd want from such a film: laughs, kicks, adventures, pathos, poetry, natural beauty, strange encounters and friendship tested and strengthened.
  5. Mr. Bernal's soulful, magnetic performance notwithstanding, the real star of the film is South America itself, revealed in the cinematographer Eric Gautier's misty green images as a land of jarring and enigmatic beauty.
  6. Soulful and reflective film, as gentle as it is potent.
  7. Provides a smart, insightful prologue to the career of the man who continues to inspire countless people around the world.
  8. 88
    A mesmerizing look at an asthmatic, rich-boy medical student in the act of discovering his insurgent spirit.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    More coming-of-age story than biopic, this Guevara odyssey is a transformative adventure well worth watching.
  10. Salles' movie isn't fiery or didactic. It doesn't rage or storm. Salles romanticizes the youthful Ernesto.
  11. A steady, soulful film experience. It's got poetry to it - the poetry of humanity.
  12. Captures the lovely, heart-and-eye-opening ode to youthful possibility with affection and compassion.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 86 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 57
  2. Negative: 10 out of 57
  1. Dec 22, 2013
    7
    Well crafted and acted but it is not really special, the story is ambitious but the characters don't develop an interesting relationship andWell crafted and acted but it is not really special, the story is ambitious but the characters don't develop an interesting relationship and it just reach the point of showing an inspired young "Che". Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal's work should be mentioned. Full Review »
  2. Jul 1, 2011
    7
    A road movie with a little more substance than most. The countryside is beautifully shot, and feels totally true to the period. PoliticalA road movie with a little more substance than most. The countryside is beautifully shot, and feels totally true to the period. Political without being moralising. Well worth a watch Full Review »
  3. Albert
    Jun 9, 2006
    6
    Just a correct road movie, with beautiful photography and good acting. Unfortunately it lacks a litle bit more depth. Guevara's moral Just a correct road movie, with beautiful photography and good acting. Unfortunately it lacks a litle bit more depth. Guevara's moral coming of age is determined by too few episodes. "How much unjustice", he claims when he's about to return to Argentina. And anyone who knows South America, and anyone who has read his diaries, knows he met quite a lot more reasons to become conscious about what was/is happening in the continent. Anyway. I would like to make just one coment to a couple of the site users : I don't know what you are taught in your History classes in the USA, but to consider Che Guevara a mass murderer reveals either an absolute abscence of knowledge on the subject, or an absolute abscence of knowledge of the english language. Full Review »