Comandante (2003)

Named after Fidel Castro's nickname and military rank, Comandante is a 93-minute documentary taken from the over 30 hours of interview footage between the Cuban leader and filmmaker Oliver Stone. Capturing Stone's February 2002 trip… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

The pair make a smug double act, but you can't fault them for charisma.

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Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine

An opportunity frustratingly squandered, but one which still makes for fascinating viewing thanks to Castro's natural charisma. Errol Morris would have nailed it.

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Jamie Russell

Ultimately, Comandante feels like little more than a backslapping love-in.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

In all, we get a better sense of who this guy is, a man who has spent more time on the international stage than any world leader today.


The documentary that, according to HBO, isn't good enough for you to see.

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Rich Cline
Film Threat

While it's fascinating to get Castro's perspective on things like the Bay of Pigs invasion, the missile crisis, US intervention in Latin America and the Cold War, we can't help but feel that Stone is bending this documentary for his own personal interest.

Marc Mohan

Even when he seems less than forthright, Castro rarely fails to come across as a genial, charismatic guy. But that might just be the magic of the movies.

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Derek Malcolm

Fidel is up to everything Stone lobs gently at him, and even replies to the film-maker's rather crass philosophising, of which there is far too much.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

As it would have probably taken another 30 hours to prise out more substantial detail from the man, you have to give Stone credit where it is due.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Kit X
Fidel Castro wears Nike trainers & Oliver Stone looks like Saddam Hussain