Machuca (2004)

Santiago, Chile, 1973: Pedro Machuca is a poor boy of tribal descent, brought into an upper class private school during Chile's brief socialist era. Gonzalo, the well-to-do boy seated a row ahead, befriends Pedro against the bullying… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 24, 2004
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Machuca is a touchingly bittersweet story of childhood friendship and a demonstration of how the political affects the personal.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Though the film would benefit from further cuts, Machuca still manages to convey the frailty of convictions and the difficulties of growing up -- be it a child or a nation.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

That rare film that merges the personal and political without sacrificing restraint or intellectual honesty.

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Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Chilean director Andres Wood sharply observes and re-creates the era.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

Thanks to a pristine eye for period detail and strong acting skills by the entire cast, there's no need for the script to press any points.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

[The film has] an unerring eye for time and place that's counterbalanced by an overly passive, if sympathetic, central character.

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Stina Chyn
Film Threat

[The film] examines how this unstable social climate strains the incipient friendship between two boys.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A fine, exciting film that makes a bloody historical event live all over again by showing it through the eyes of children on the edges of the conflict.

Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

It's a sensitively wrought work that reveals a time in Chile when class differences were both ignored and emphasized, depending on your perspective.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Wood is content to pace his film with a methodic leisure that both suits his tone and stretches his story a bit thin.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Aaron Neuwirth
A movie that takes an average coming of age template and mixes it with the true story of social changes in 1970s Chile. Good acting by the main characters,… More
Quinto Wallight
The film may be a little slow, but it's also heart-warming, beatifully shot and rewarding. The director doesn't go for cheap tears, which the story… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Machuca," it is 1973 in Santiago as democracy in Chile is undergoing its death throes. Gonzalo(Matias Quer) struggles to… More
Jarrin Rozenblad
This was a great movie! You got to learn of a true historical story and get a nice heart warming tale of two friends. The young people in this film displayed… More

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