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Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

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  • Summary: On April 12th 2002 the world awoke to the news that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had been removed from office and had been replaced by a new interim government. What had in fact taken place was the first Latin American coup of the 21st century, and the world's first media coup.On April 12th 2002 the world awoke to the news that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had been removed from office and had been replaced by a new interim government. What had in fact taken place was the first Latin American coup of the 21st century, and the world's first media coup. (Vitagraph Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    90
    A superior example of fearless filmmakers in exactly the right place at the right time.
  2. 90
    Gets viewers inside these tense, emotional and occasionally terrifying events with immediacy and, given the confusion of the time, remarkable clarity.
  3. 89
    As riveting as a documentary can possibly be, this slim (74-minute) film is also one of the most politically aware films of the year.
  4. 80
    Rough-hewn, improvisatory and contentedly lo-fi, the resulting documentary should prove warmly encouraging to embattled progressives of all stripes, and incidentally offers the best political date-movie of the week.
  5. 80
    In addition to reporting a scoop, Bartley and O'Briain do an excellent job in deconstructing the Venezuelan TV news footage of blood, chaos, and rival crowds.
  6. The sensation is dizzying, and you may feel relieved -- certainly the filmmakers do -- when Chavez re-enters the picture. There's a feeling of order restored, but the depiction of political free fall has been unnerving.
  7. Often gripping footage, and the finished product resembles a taut if at times confusing and inadvertently comic political thriller.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 13 out of 32
  1. AliciaP.
    Dec 6, 2005
    10
    Viva los callados! Unlike Tony and Rafael, 80% of Venezuela's poor population can't speak english nor have internet access to Viva los callados! Unlike Tony and Rafael, 80% of Venezuela's poor population can't speak english nor have internet access to participate in this film review turned-into-political discussion. This documantary is not only showing the side the main media never showed, but it also shows the human side of protagonists in both sides. Not to mention that it's filming, production and editing makes a very entertaining, good paced piece. I lve in venezuela and unlike my ignorant compatriotas, I have been IN the barrios (not just near them) and for the first time something IS happening in people's life, for the first time they are begining to have dreams and there light in their eyes -not to mention food on the table thanks to Mision Mercal, Doctors nearby thanks to Mision Barrio Adentro, etc. Expand
  2. HeinerF.
    Sep 24, 2006
    10
    Excellent, all there is to say.

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