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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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    they only have it in one place they are showing.. wth!

  • January 23, 2009 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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