Lula, the Son of Brazil
Lula, the Son of Brazil (2012)

Lula, Son of Brazil is a richly produced, deeply moving story of the early years of Brazil's most beloved president, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva (Lula). Born into extreme poverty in 1945, Lula was guided by a strong mother (Gloria Pires)… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 13, 2012
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Glossing over such inconvenient facts as out-of-wedlock fatherhood, this unabashed encomium skimps on complexity and insight in the name of veneration.

Ella Taylor

Long on hero worship and woefully short on insight, Lula: Son of Brazil oozes good intentions, but it wouldn't look out of place in a retrospective of early Soviet workerist cinema.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

One can only hope that this isn't the best that Brazil has to offer cinematically.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Lula, Son of Brazil is proof that even charismatic political figures, in this case, Brazil's former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, can be felled by the requirements of the standard biopic genre.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A conventional, rather shallow up-by-your-bootstraps drama, but with a difference.

Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Well-acted and mildly engaging, but too much melodrama and not enough compelling insight.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

With its $5 million budget, "Lula'' is said to be Brazil's most expensive movie yet. It's a shame the money wasn't better spent.

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

Forget Son of Brazil: This syrupy origin story/biopic on the nation's beloved reformist president, whose second term ended in 2010, should be titled Mama's Boy.

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

For most persons outside of Brazil, this will be a historically significant film with enough excitement to fill almost every minute of the 130-minute run time.

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Having been born into poverty in a remote part of Brazil, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva could not have been born into more modest circumstances if he tried. In… More
Leo L
Loved it! Based upon the self-titled book, this docudrama reflects the early years of one of Brazil's most popular modern figure, Luiz Inacio Lula da… More