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  • 60
    Ella Taylor NPR

    Long on hero worship and woefully short on insight, Lula: Son of Brazil oozes good intentions, but it wouldn't look out of place in a retrospective of early Soviet workerist cinema. show more

  • 38
    Slant Magazine

    This insipidly inspirational biopic of the two-term Brazilian president is a safe, bourgeois vision of proletarian struggle. show more

  • 25
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil's reformist two-term president, gets the once-over-lightly treatment in Lula, Son of Brazil. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    A sense of the man himself seems absent in Fábio Barreto's portrait, however, and other than a rally scene with prescient Occupy Wall Street overtones, you're mostly left with facts, dates and iconic poses. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    A conventional, rather shallow up-by-your-bootstraps drama, but with a difference. show more

  • 50
    Los Angeles Times

    Fábio Barreto's film is an act of hero worship, not a multifaceted exploration of a charismatic leader. show more

  • 50
    Robert Koehler Variety

    The screenplay by Daniel Tendler, Fernando Bonassi and Lula biographer Parana succumbs to many of the most unfortunate narrative tendencies of biopics, including a proclivity for piling on incident after incident as a substitute for real character insight. show more

  • 40
    Melissa Anderson Village Voice

    Forget "Son of Brazil": This syrupy origin story/biopic on the nation's beloved reformist president, whose second term ended in 2010, should be titled Mama's Boy. show more

  • 42
    Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor

    The film is more testimonial than drama. show more

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