My Imaginary Country

critic Reviews

, 95% Fresh Tomatometer Score
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    Carlos AguilarTheWrap
    Testament to his curiosity as a storyteller, as Guzmán investigates the macro issues, he also pays close attention to details that may seem irrelevant, but that expand our understanding of how this breaking point injected renewed hope into the citizenry.
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    A.O. ScottNew York Times
    While this is a first-person documentary, with the director providing voice-over narration, it expresses a poignant humility and a patient willingness to listen.
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    Nicolas RapoldFinancial Times
    Reflective but not overbearing, Guzmán gets out of the way of his subjects, ceding the spotlight to new generations and marvelling at their good works.
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    Jessica KiangVariety
    With unassuming, generous elegance, the Chilean doc master finds hope and political optimism in his homeland's 2019 protest movement.
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    Valerie ComplexDeadline Hollywood Daily
    The movie isn’t encouraging folks to be violent. Guzmán informs viewers that change is possible, but it must be on a united front.
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    Chris BarsantiSlant Magazine
    Patricio Guzmán’s documentary leaves open the possibility of a future for Chileans that isn’t beholden to the trauma of history.
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    Dennis Harvey48 Hills
    Mixing recent and archival protest footage with a lot of representative talking heads, My Imaginary Country catches history’s lightning in a bottle.
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    Glenn DunksThe Film Experience
    Guzmán knows a good story when he sees it and it gives My Imaginary Country a modernity and a radicalness that belies its director’s age.
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    Javier OcañaEl Pais (Spain)
    Inscrutable and unexpected. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Ray LoboFilm Threat
    If this were simply footage of protests, it would not stand out among the many other documentaries focused on mass demonstrations...
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