• Released
  • February 24, 2004
  • 2 hr 1 min
  • Drama
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Jonathan Curiel
A sensitively wrought work.
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88

New York Post

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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...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A fine, exciting film that makes a bloody historical event live all over again by showing it through the eyes of children on the edges of...
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
An astonishingly intimate and painful coming-of-age story.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Tender, funny and smart, Machuca is that rare discovery, an incisive political parable that also succeeds as a drama of sharply drawn...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Packs a quiet wallop.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

Sweet, poignant, and winningly evocative of the period, though occasionally dogged by predictable scenarios and caricatures.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's a tale powerfully told, nevertheless, with an unusual vantage point in its upper-class young hero.
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70

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Wood's drama packs an emotional gut-punch that's all the more devastating for its being rooted in a dreadful historical reality.
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63

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
Though the film would benefit from further cuts, Machuca still manages to convey the frailty of convictions and the difficulties of growing...
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