The Motorcycle Diaries
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

In 1952, two young Argentines, Ernesto Guevara and Alberto Granado, set out on a road trip to discover the real Latin America. Ernesto is a 23-year-old medical student specializing in leprology, and Alberto, 29, is a biochemist. The tale… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 15, 2004
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Motorcycle Diaries is heartfelt and profound in its rendering of the formative experiences that turn Ernesto "Che" Guerva into a famous revolutionary.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A marvelous road picture and boys-become-men adventure, full of the best kind of idealism.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Quietly exhilarating, soulful and sincerely romantic.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Subtly political biopic won't interest most teens.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A dull, unsatisfying experience -- as well as inconclusive.

Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It's about the gradual wakening into awareness, the graduation from carefree youth to responsible adulthood.

Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Has a huge heart.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Well-acted, beautifully shot and broad and personal, The Motorcycle Diaries is nonetheless undermined in the end by a clunky search for meaning and depth that seems forced.

Andrew O'Hehir

Whether you want to see The Motorcycle Diaries as entirely a personal story or as social and political allegory, it captures a far different and far more vulnerable Ernesto Guevara than the one we think we know.

Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today

A thought-provoking film, grounded in breathtaking scenery and engaging performances.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin Cookman
As a road trip film, it's stellar. As a historical insight into the events and psychological gear grinding that influenced the revolutionary leader known… More
Cynthia S.
I just watched this movie for the second time. I really like this movie. It doesn't hurt that Gael Bernal is a very good actor, also....but that was just… More
Kevin M. Williams
Whatever the intentions of its filmmakers what ultimately succeeds here is the opening of South America as more than simply a world party/nightclub stop as two… More
Curtis Lilly
Didn't hold my interest very much. Kinda seemed just like a movie to show how wonderful of a person Che Guevara was. Could somebody be that selfless?… More
Raymond Wieser
The Motorcycle Diaries is a wonderful, heartfelt film about two Argentinians who decide to bike across South America from Buenos Aires, to Valpariso, and on to… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Before he changed the world the world changed him"</i> The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth… More