Fidel (2002)

Filmed in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, this massive biography of Cuban leader Fidel Castro begins in the 1950s, when the title character, then a young and hungry lawyer, bristles at the iniquities and corruption of the Batista… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 18, 2002
DVD Release Date: July 22, 2003
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Purely propaganda, a work of unabashed hero worship, it is nonetheless -- and likely inadvertently -- a timely and invaluable implicit reminder of the role that U.S. foreign policy has played in the rise of Castro.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Has the kitsch appeal of a farm implement on a restaurant wall, or an Andy Warhol Mao poster: Interesting, but not for its original purpose.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Offers a completely one-sided view of Castro and his life and career.

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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly

It's a refreshing change from the self-interest and paranoia that shape most American representations of Castro.

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Janice Page
Boston Globe

Audiences will find no mention of political prisoners or persecutions that might paint the Castro regime in less than saintly tones.

Kurt Dahlke
Apollo Guide

A landmark work that should have viewers across the world reaching for history books to learn not only politically expedient accounts of Fidel's life, but also the real deal.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Makes an aborbing if arguable case for the man's greatness.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Although Estela Bravo's documentary is cloyingly hagiographic in its portrait of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, it's still a guilty pleasure to watch.

Jules Brenner

Bravo reveals the true intent of her film by carefully selecting interview subjects who will construct a portrait of Castro so predominantly charitable it can only be seen as propaganda.

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Cynthia S.
This film does a good job of explaining Castro both in the 1950s before, and during, the revolution. The best part is showing Castro's narcissism, and ego.… More