(2004)

Critic Reviews

76

Metascore

Based on 19 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
New York Daily News
An astonishingly intimate and painful coming-of-age story.
88
New York Post
You don't have to know Chile's bloody history to be moved by the poignant new film Machuca, the first movie made by a Chilean about the country's 1973 military coup.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Packs a quiet wallop.
80
Variety
Richly human in focus, the drama steadily cranks up its political and emotional charge.
80
Salon.com
Wood's film works, first and foremost, as a powerful character drama; it's not trying to teach historical or ideological lessons.
80
One of those special films that broadens and deepens as it goes on.
70
The A.V. Club
Though Machuca ultimately doesn't shy away from taking sides, it wisely keeps the focus on the human element. The politics take place in the background until they demand the foreground.
70
Both sweet and stringent, attuned to the wonders of childhood as well as its cruelty and terror.
70
Wood's drama packs an emotional gut-punch that's all the more devastating for its being rooted in a dreadful historical reality.
60
Village Voice
Machuca is still a half-measure. Wood is fastidious about period set design, but not much else; rather than burning with experience, the film feels opportunistic.

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