The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de Motocicleta)
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The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de Motocicleta)
Brazilian director Walter Salles Jr. follows up the Golden Globe-nominated Behind the Sun with this filmed adaptation of Argentinian-born Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara's journals of the same name. The Motorcycle Diaries stars Gael García Bernal (Y Tu Mamá También, Amores Perros) as a young, pre-revolution Guevara, a 23-year-old medical student in 1952 traveling across South America on a motorcycle with his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna), who co-wrote the source material. As they embark on their journey, both young men come of age and find their… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A marvelous road picture and boys-become-men adventure, full of the best kind of idealism."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Quietly exhilarating, soulful and sincerely romantic."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Subtly political biopic won't interest most teens."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"For most of the viewers, regardless of their political beliefs, THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES is a journey worth taking."
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"The two leads are strong; but while the trip may have substantially moved the two travelers, the film doesn't move much until the last half-hour."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"A dull, unsatisfying experience -- as well as inconclusive."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"It's about the gradual wakening into awareness, the graduation from carefree youth to responsible adulthood."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Has a huge heart."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"This is the kind of movie that a serious student of the art of filmmaking will relish."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"As a movie, The Motorcycle Diaries is beautiful, with strong acting, breathtaking location cinematography and a vibrant story. As history, it is more dubious."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Well-acted, beautifully shot and broad and personal, The Motorcycle Diaries is nonetheless undermined in the end by a clunky search for meaning and depth that seems forced."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Whether you want to see The Motorcycle Diaries as entirely a personal story or as social and political allegory, it captures a far different and far more vulnerable Ernesto Guevara than the one we think we know."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"A thought-provoking film, grounded in breathtaking scenery and engaging performances."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"In a time when so many 'biopics' are predictable love-fests, it's great to see a film that digs back into a famous person's youth and explains HOW he became so influential."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"The understated drama frequently takes a backseat to magnificent scenery, lusciously photographed by cinematographer Eric Gautier."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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