Good-Bye Momo
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Leonardo Ricagni's carnivalesque drama tells the story of Obdulio, an Uruguayan street kid who sells newspapers to survive. By night, however, Obdulio enters the magical world of the "Maestro" (a night watchman), who teaches the illiterate boy about life, and the power of the written word.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sweet but not especially original."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Middling Cinema Paradiso magic realism turned lifeless by abundant treacle and a literal approach to his lightly surreal material."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"An uplifting and heartening Uruguayan film about a poor and kind boy whose life is transformed during the 40 days of carnival."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It sounds churlish to bash a film that's as bereft of bad thoughts as a tiny puppy. But when the puppy licks your face for 108 minutes, enough's enough."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"If Acuņa weren't such a lovely, personable child, Goodbye Momo would be a hopeless mess. But this actor never strikes a false or phony note as the story's intrepid protagonist."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Though Momo is dedicated to 'the missing children and the children who are coming to save the world,' the most provocative question it asks is whether, with its conspicuous product placement, the film was secretly backed by Coca-Cola."
‑ Charles Petersen, Village Voice
"Little Acuna gives a sweetly unaffected performance as the beleaguered child, and his transformation from a joyless paperboy with no future to a prematurely burdened child for whom education may lead to a better life is touching."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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