The Liberator
The Liberator (2014)

LIBERTADOR - THE LIBERATOR journeys through the impassioned struggle of Simón Bolívar's (Édgar Ramírez) fight for independence in Latin America from Spain and his vision of a united South American nation. (c) Official Site

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 3, 2014
DVD Release Date: March 10, 2015
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Glenn Kenny

"The Liberator" shoehorns the epic life of early 19th-century South American revolutionary Simón Bolivar into two hours of intermittently powerful cinema.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

As if the film's ostentatious aerial vistas, merely functional scene-writing and score weren't distracting enough, Mr. Sexton's dialogue freezes dead any simulation of the period with tone-deaf lines amid Bolívar's impassioned rhetoric.

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Marc Mohan

A rose-colored portrait of a national hero, "The Liberator" eschews political or emotional complexity in favor of simple-minded cheerleading.

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Lorraine Ali
Los Angeles Times

Simple enough for audiences who know nothing about Bolívar, poetic enough for those who grew up reading about El Libertador in school books.

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

How disappointing that a movie about challenging authority should be such a slave to convention.

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Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar

Surely, history was nowhere as simple as The Liberator makes it.

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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times

Arvelo, a Venezuelan like Bolivar, touches many of the essential bases in Bolivar's story. But, perhaps inevitably, he is only able to achieve little more than mere touches.

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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News

Édgar Ramírez is electifying as Simón Bolívar, the Venezuelan land owner turned warrior. But even Ramírez cannot liberate this movie from a clichéd script.

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Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Compelling lead performance saves violent Bolivar biopic.

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