South of the Border Synopsis
Oliver Stone examines social and political movements within some South American countries.

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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Yes, Stone gets cozy with Hugo Chávez, soft-pedaling the Venezuelan president's crackdown tendencies, but he also captures South America in...
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Arizona Republic

By Kerry Lengel
Offers valuable historical, social and political context, particularly if you aren't an international-news junkie.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Good-humored, illuminating and without cant, Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone's documentary South of the Border is a rebuttal of what he...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
But to be fair, Stone doesn't seem even to think he's offering the last word here. Rather, he's trying to offer the first word, or at least...
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By Bob Mondello
Engaging enough as polemics go, but unlikely to change many minds.
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By Michelle Orange
Though he lavishes praise on his subjects for being hyper-masculine and free-thinking, Stone is downright girlish in his devotion, scoffing...
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Boston Globe

Three minutes into the film, we feel the sharpness of Stone's ax to grind. It's dull to be told what to think.
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New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
Sure, it's an interesting scene as he (Stone) chews the fat with Raul Castro, and coca leaves with Bolivia's Evo Morales. But his South of...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Unabashedly one-sided, this biography of Chávez - and several other Latin American politicians - does raise some valid concerns about what...
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Stone praises Latin America for turning toward "government of the people" (yet ignores Castro's lack of interest in democracy). But it's no...
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By thompsonite
You've come to the right place. Oliver Stone always seems to break the mold when it comes to provocative insights into already controversial subjects. He did with the Vietnam War, JFK, the blood...

South of the Border

By SleepingInNYC
Be prepared to have your view of the United States government and the United States media in this film. This movie makes clear how corporate-owned our politicians are. When there was a military...

Five Word Review

By Frabcube
Tells it like it is!...

Taking Another Look at Latin America

By Ambassadortony
Oliver Stone's provocative and fascinating look at Latin America at the end of the Bush era and the beginning of the Obama administration, should be viewed by anyone interested in understanding both...

Activist video by a master

By suzypvn
A wealth of information and optimism about the growing tide of people's movements in Latin America. You will never get this information through the corporate media. And it's fun to watch as well....

Oliver Stone's "South of the Border"

By Noli
An engaging portrait of South America's most controversial leftist leaders today. Its very clear early on that Stone sympathizes with and respects these politicians. But this bias is refreshing, as...

South American realities

By conejita5101
The documentary reflects a realistic perspective of current South American presidencies. I recommended to all educators and those interested in knowing the true....

South of the Border

By kinokobieta
Very interesting and well done. The comments on American media were apt and informative. It was refreshing to see Chavez and other South American leaders through a different lens....

South of the Border

By DonCarlos
I enjoyed the movie very much, it was informative and it presents a socio-historical background on the USA intervention in Latin America. We Americans like to ignore what our government leaders and...

Monroe Doctrine is Death

By JRE-Chicago
This documentary really shows how the Monroe Doctrine, in practice since XIX century by the US to dominate Latin-America is dieing and you can ear it from the same voice of the new progressive...

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