Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel)
Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel) (2006)

When her wealthy parents are suddenly motivated to take an overtly political stance as massive political and economical change sweeps through France, the daughter of a wealthy Spanish lawyer and a successful French journalist attempts to… More

Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 1, 2006
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Blame it on Fidel is a charming comedy of manners, class, and politics, elevated by a remarkable performance from lead child actor Nina Kervel.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The young heroine is rather humorless, but Gavras's intelligence and skillful touch are evident throughout.

Full review…
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film contains a surprising amount of understated humor.

Full review…
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It offers a coming-of-age tale told unflaggingly from the point of view of a pouting, humorless and unsympathetic nine-year-old.

Full review…
Ted Fry
Seattle Times

Blame it on Fidel! is a knowing lesson in film and history that often makes its serious point with a dose of wise humor.

Full review…
Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune

It's all too easy to read Blame It On Fidel as a simple morality tale, an allegory comparing conservatism to childishness, and political awakening to emotional maturity.

Prairie Miller
Critical Women

Strange, bearded house guests shake up a peeved little girl's life, infusing it with political imagination and wonder.

Full review…
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

A deft, original, entertaining and thoughtful look at that moment when we realise the world's just that bit more complicated than we thought.

Full review…
Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Politics -- hardly a movie audience's immediate choice when it comes to entertainment -- becomes a deeply engaging subject in Blame It on Fidel thanks to a 9-year-old charmer who steals our hearts.

Full review…
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Gavras maintains a light touch throughout that allows us a rare chance to emphasize with both the radical and conservative elements at the family dinner table.

Full review…

Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Interesting, but slightly difficult to follow, tale of young French girl whose parents become political activists. The acting is very good (especially the… More
Walter M.
[font=Arial]I was reminded of an exercise in relgion class(Catholic division) where we were shown how much more could be accomplished in a unit with a single,… More
Leigh Ryan
Very interesting to see how this girl grows and learns from everything that happens. She takes everything in and analyzes it. Quite wonderous.
Ross Collins
A sweet and entertaining tale about a kid growing up, trying to understand the adult world, whilst her parents throw away their privileged backgrounds to become… More