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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    But to be fair, Stone doesn't seem even to think he's offering the last word here. Rather, he's trying to offer the first word, or at least a first opportunity to hear the other side, unfiltered by television media. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Unabashedly one-sided, this biography of Chávez - and several other Latin American politicians - does raise some valid concerns about what Stone calls the "manipulative power of the media." So it's too bad he's as guilty of partisanship as the right-wing outlets he reviles. show more

  • 80
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Good-humored, illuminating and without cant, Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone's documentary South of the Border is a rebuttal of what he views as the fulminations and lies of right-wing media at home and abroad regarding the socialist democracies of South America. show more

  • 55
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Though he lavishes praise on his subjects for being hyper-masculine and free-thinking, Stone is downright girlish in his devotion, scoffing at charges made against the leaders rather than examining them. show more

  • 75
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Engaging enough as polemics go, but unlikely to change many minds. show more

  • 50
    Boston Globe

    Three minutes into the film, we feel the sharpness of Stone's ax to grind. It's dull to be told what to think. show more

  • 50
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    Sure, it's an interesting scene as he (Stone) chews the fat with Raul Castro, and coca leaves with Bolivia's Evo Morales. But his South of the Border can't be taken seriously, muchacho -- and if you think it can, well, I've got a primo cigar factory in Havana to sell you. show more

  • 25
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Stone praises Latin America for turning toward "government of the people" (yet ignores Castro's lack of interest in democracy). But it's no wonder he's in such a sunny mood: We see him grow increasingly giddy while chewing coca leaves with Morales (a coca farmer who wants to make cocaine legal). show more

  • 80
    Kerry Lengel Arizona Republic

    Offers valuable historical, social and political context, particularly if you aren't an international-news junkie. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    The aural and visual overload that marks most of the director's work is here in spades--few documentaries look and sound so distinctive. show more

  • August 06, 2010 Bill Ed R
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    At his hero worshipping worst, Oliver Stone continues to re-write history with another stupefying portrayal of left wing zealots who have stamped out all freedom of speech. Pathetic, Oliver. You should be ashamed.

  • July 08, 2010 twobirdiesinlove
    Report This User

    A 'soft documentary' from Oliver Stone; something we in the US dont arent commonly exposed to by our media. This is a documentary that needed to be presented with 2 parts, in order to add an additional layer of meat to the bones, if you will. Not a Michael Moore style documentary.

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