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75

Metascore

Based on 37 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
A mesmerizing look at an asthmatic, rich-boy medical student in the act of discovering his insurgent spirit.
80
New York Magazine (Vulture)
The film is a deeply felt and beautifully acted hagiography.
80
Variety
This intelligently made picture is artful but not arty, political without being didactic.
80
Film Threat
Subtle, funny and touching. It’s not like a blow-by-blow “Birth of a Hero” type of film. The script is near perfect and the acting is spot on.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
A smartly scoped story of great personal growth and transformation. It's not hard to see the personality/political basis for Che's later revolutionary actions.
70
The A.V. Club
Handsomely shot by Brazilian director Walter Salles and beautifully played by the two leads, The Motorcycle Diaries would amount to little more than a minor, softly politically conscious coming-of-age story, if not for its historical context.
60
Village Voice
Lovely to look at but insipid.
58
Entertainment Weekly
Glazed over by its worship of Che Guevara.
50
Much of the film glides past with a slightly purposeless elegance. Astounding landscapes rise and fall away; enticing women glance and dance and disappear.
50
L.A. Weekly
A gorgeously burnished vintage post card come to life, Motorcycle Diaries has about as much depth and emotional currency as the cardboard that post card would be stamped on.

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