Lula, the Son of Brazil
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Lula, Son of Brazil is a richly produced, deeply moving story of the early years of Brazil's most beloved president, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva (Lula). Born into extreme poverty in 1945, Lula was guided by a strong mother (Gloria Pires) who faced overwhelming obstacles to raise her children with the drive and courage to live life without fear. Lula spent the better part of his childhood growing up just outside of Santos, Brazil. When he wasn't in school, he helped support the family. As a full-fledged member of the union, Lula found his path to a life in politics. However it wasn't… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Glossing over such inconvenient facts as out-of-wedlock fatherhood, this unabashed encomium skimps on complexity and insight in the name of veneration."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Ella Taylor, NPR
"Well-acted and mildly engaging, but too much melodrama and not enough compelling insight."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"A biopicture about the formative early years of one of Brazil's most famous presidents whose muse and advocate was his beloved mother."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"This insipidly inspirational biopic of the two-term Brazilian president is a safe, bourgeois vision of proletarian struggle."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"Lula, Son of Brazil is proof that even charismatic political figures, in this case, Brazil's former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, can be felled by the requirements of the standard biopic genre."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A conventional, rather shallow up-by-your-bootstraps drama, but with a difference."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"For most persons outside of Brazil, this will be a historically significant film with enough excitement to fill almost every minute of the 130-minute run time."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Only half-way through, the film loses momentum. Emotion gives way to stagey conventional pseudo-populism, with the human disappeared."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"With its $5 million budget, "Lula'' is said to be Brazil's most expensive movie yet. It's a shame the money wasn't better spent."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"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."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"A resolutely apolitical biopic inspired more by "Coal Miner's Daughter" than the class struggle in Brazil. Despite this, it is still worth seeing for its commitment to the cause of the 99% in Brazil."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"But da Silva comes across as such a nice and sensible guy that you're likely to crave the ego-driven rants or the paranoia running rampant in other political biopics"
‑ Kent Turner,
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