Imagining Argentina
Imagining Argentina (2004)

In Buenos Aires during the Peron era, an Argentine playwright has a preternatural ability to see what will happen to people's loved ones -- many of whom are missing, or soon will be -- when he looks into their faces. Ultimately, he must… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 11, 2004
DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Despite its flaws, the film does the job in helping us imagine what that must be like for relatives and friends left behind.

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

Like Life Is Beautiful before it, Imagining Argentina juxtaposes horrific images of torture and humiliation against gooey optimism and thinks it's saying something profound about human resilience in the process.

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Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

...fidgety and incomplete, as though either poorly conceived or poorly re-edited after the fact.

David Stratton

It's sad to see a film which, despite fine work in the various craft departments, fails to succeed on the most basic level.

Bill Gibron
DVD Verdict

Gimmicky, pat, and just a tad too brutal at times, Imagining Argentina is a powerful statement rendered oddly ineffectual by a consistent desire to avoid controversy.

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Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Hampton makes a moving job of it, with top-notch cinematography and heartfelt performances.

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

The concept takes magical realism to a reductive, overtly literal level, trivializing the subject and the people the film tries so hard to memorialize.

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Harry Guerin
RT… (Ireland)

Hampton's mixing of thriller and love story, cinematic coincidence and historical fact makes this film flawed but fascinating.

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James Christopher
Times (UK)

The power of the film is its roots in official truths which are already melting away.

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