Viva Zapata!
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Elia Kazan's direction strives for a personal intimacy but neither he nor the John Steinbeck scripting achieves in enough measure."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The Mexican revolution whitewashed for east-coast intellectuals."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Elia Kazan places an interesting and honest spotlight upon politics, which proves that left wing liberators are just as dangerous as the right wing fascists they have overpowered, and vice versa."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Fine Kazan "western" w/strong Quinn and Brando turns."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Kazan paints a romantic picture of a man who was actually a cold-hearted tyrant."
‑ , Film4
"The direction and John Steinbeck's script seem stranded in a no man's land between straightforward adventure and a pessimistic allegory about the corrupting nature of power."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
""Viva Zapata!" is one of those films that, while it continues to have impressive aspects, just doesn't hold up as well as it did when it was first made. You find yourself wishing it were in widescreen, and that they had hired at least ONE Latino actor."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Great acting exercise, Tabascoed with Brando, peppered with Quinn, but otherwise Kazan/Steinbeck refried beans."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Elia Kazan's only stab at an action picture"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Throbs with a rare vitality, and a masterful picture of a nation in revolutionary torment has been got by Director Elia Kazan."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Kazan's biopic of the Mexican revolutionary offers good parts to Marlon Brando in the lead and Anthony Quinn as his brother, but it gets too conventional in the second half."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"For all its shortcomings, Zapata remains a vital work that has a curious resonance today in light of Kazan's subsequent decision to "name names" for HUAC."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Marlon Brando, como mexicano e com os olhos puxados, está sensacional como sempre, assim como o vivaz Quinn. História bem conduzida por Kazan que mostra o nascimento de uma lenda."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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