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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Che looks dazzling, whether the camera is weaving through a battle or trying to bore into Che's haunted soul. Del Toro stands up to Soderbergh's relentless scrutiny. As for the movie, it's a reward to audiences eager to break from the play-it-safe pack. Game on. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    If Soderbergh's ambition was to make us feel just how dull it would be to a woods-dwelling communist guerrilla, he succeeded. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Che is a mass of contradictions, perhaps like the iconic revolutionary himself. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    What this slow-moving but fascinating two-part portrait does do is hunker down in the jungles and mountains of Cuba and (in the second part) Bolivia, capturing in keen, almost Zen-like detail the trudging and trekking, the recruiting and strategizing, the fighting and the philosophizing. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    If this earnest, two-part biopic with a total running time of 268 minutes sometimes lacks cinematic flair, the straight-ahead, chronologically-driven film will inform and, to a somewhat lesser extent, excite viewers everywhere. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Benicio Del Toro, one of the film's producers, gives a heroic performance, not least because it's self-effacing. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The labor applied to Che is apparent, but it would be wrong to characterize the movie as laborious the way it was in, say, 2006's "The Good German," where Soderbergh took great pains to re-create 1940s Hollywood wartime glamour. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Che is Soderbergh's most interesting film in years, defiantly eccentric and absorbing at its best. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    What potentially could have been the greatest asset possessed by Che - its unapologetic length - turns into its greatest detriment. show more

  • 50
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    The title and length suggest a biographical epic, but it's neither biographical nor epic. It's as if the director, Steven Soderbergh, wanted to take tissue samples of Ernesto Che Guevara's political life. show more

  • May 21, 2009 Colombiano959
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    im inspired but they dont show the film in any movies at all in U.S.A seriously!

  • February 16, 2009 greasedaword
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    This movie was pretty pathetic.............

  • February 15, 2009 Robert26Mardel
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    esta muy buena viva el che y viva argentina

  • February 11, 2009 ei00000024940541
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    Its called revolution, revolution is a revolution, (armed struggle) prosecution is needed to clense the system. The thousands of people persecuted were criminals, castro exported the rest to the US, he didnt want them. If the criminals were to continue there activities, the society would remain corrupt. Even with social institutions helping, the psycholigical affect of the past left the persecuted individuals in a state its impossible to change them. Almost in a fixed state, even with the slightest help the traits of the pass will emerge. Based from observations of society. Batista brood corruption which pumped its blood all over cuba. Same goes with all latin america. This is coming from an Ecuadorian. The persecution was done by the whole regeme in the name of revolution, same as other groups (catholics) persecute in the name of an idea (god). Ofcoarse its sad to execute but measures are needed at times. Once criminals are removed the influence would not be passed on to generations. No exeption was made even if the person testified innocent, people lie. The persecution was done as a quick method to reconstruct the society, cubas failure is due to its negative image to the united nations, embargos, and the collapse of the soviet union, which were whom they traded with.

  • January 31, 2009 Sanboxnj
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    if we're going to teach history let's also add how George Washington Executed hundreds of his own men after they deserted the continental army. They left the army because the army did not meet their end of the contract which left thousands of colonists unpaid for years.....if we want to dive into history we will find blood on the hands of virtually every world leader.

  • December 25, 2008 jonrider79
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    The movie leaves out the time when Che' was at his most brutal, when he was Castro's executioner. History is history, and it needs to be told, but lets tell it all. This movie is just going to play into what Che' has become to the youth of the West, a mythic hero, and the guy on the cool T-shirt, not the murderer he was.

  • December 19, 2008 SKEPTICTT
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    I managed to see this at a special screening in L.A. It was likely a raw version of what will be in theaters in January. (no credits, etc.) Having said that, it was an impressive piece of filming. If one is truly interested in the Guevara story you will get much detail of him as a Guerilla. The two parts focus on the Cuban Revolution with Che fighting alongside Fidel. Benico Del Toro is brilliant in his performance and looks strikingly like the real Che. Part two is focused on the attempted revolt in Bolivia led by Guevara. Unfortunately no real time is given to the period between the two episodes in which Guevara ran a Ministry of Industry in Cuba as well as heading up the National Bank. (as well as supervising the trials and executions of Batista's officials after the Castro victory. We do have powerful moments of Che's 1964 speech before the UN and some simulated interviews with western journalists but otherwise this inter period was left out. The battle sequences and the feel of what it was like to be a guerilla fighter seem to be well captured. The relationships between the characters are strong and there is much tension throughout lightened by some occasional levity. I would have to say I could only reccomend this to history buffs and specialists who are familiar with the events otherwise one might get lost like the two couples who were seated on either side of me who kept asking one another what was going on and where, etc. If that's your case then you might try watching the Motorcycle Diaries as a background/prequel as well as Jon Lee Anderson's magnificent Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life. This film is long overdue and Soderbergh and Del Toro made a great team. Ted Tipton

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