Che: Part One (The Argentine)
Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009)

Nearly 40 years after Che Guevara's execution in Bolivia, director Steven Soderbergh retraces the life of the iconic Cuban revolutionary in this nearly four-and-a-half-hour saga. Part 1 begins on November 26, 1956, as Fidel Castro… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 24, 2009
DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though lengthy and at times plodding, Soderbergh's vision and Benicio Del Toro's understated performance ensure that Che always fascinates.

Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Soderbergh has made two almost perfect war films, more like the Rings Trilogy than The Green Berets.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

In releasing this reverent, meticulous, fascinating but flaccid history in two lengthy parts, Soderbergh committed perhaps the greatest sin of all. He made Che boring.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

The myth somehow deserves better.

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Jonathan F. Richards

There is precious little in these movies to fill out our understanding of what it was that made Che a rebel, a leader of men, and the repository of the romantic dreams of several generations of armchair revolutionaries

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

As absorbing as it is frustrating.

Mike Edwards
What Culture

The quality of the film is more than a testament to Mr Del Toro's acting skills, it is a reminder that Hollywood can make great films without 'selling out'.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

A potentially great title-role performance by Benicio Del Toro, which won him the best actor award at Cannes, is buried beneath Soderbergh's stylistic tics and a defiant lack of dramatic tension.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Che, the story of a failed revolutionary, also fails as a film.

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Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

The director sees Guevara as a pure humanitarian. ... The films are excellent, but understanding this complex historical figure requires more than one source.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Soderbergh's political biography about Che Guevara and his involvement in the Cuban Revolution is expertly directed and even feels like a documentary, but… More
Steven Carrier
The more details you know about Che Guevara going into Part One of Steven Soderbergh's "Che," the easier you'll embrace it. Soderbergh has a… More
Graham Jones
A sprawling, epic look at the life of Che Guevara through the lense of Steven Soderbergh. Del Toro is brilliant in the lead.
Randy Tippy
Part One follows Ernesto Guevara as he fights alongside Fidel Castro in the Cuban Revolution. A phenomenal signature performance from Benicio Del Toro in the… More
Reid Volk
I should have hated this film. I feel like the legend of Che has become so distorted & romanticized, that whatever your cause, you can invoke the name of… More
Alex roy
Ernesto "Che" Guevara is one of the recognizable figures of the 20th Century. He has led a life of adventure and has been a major figure of the Cuban… More