• Released
  • August 3, 2007
  • NR , 1 hr 39 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Comedy
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90

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
A wrenching, funny and wise little picture, with a diva-like junior star at its center.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film contains a surprising amount of understated humor. It is not a grim portrayal of a harsh upbringing, but an affectionate portrait of parents who will be able to change the world before they will be able to change their daughter.
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Brilliantly, the movie becomes a double coming-of-age story. The parents' political awakening parallels their daughter's.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Carina Chocano
Blame It on Fidel is the thoroughly engaging, clear-eyed and charming story of a little girl grappling with the domestic fallout of tumultuous political times.
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80

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Julie Gavras’s wonderful film, Blame It on Fidel, views its ideological conflicts through the eyes of a smart, willful child.
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80

Variety

By Lisa Nesselson
Wonderfully engaging look at 1970-71 from a child's p.o.v.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Blame It on Fidel doesn't aim for the profundity of Costa-Gavras films like "State of Siege" and "Z" - but who's complaining?
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70

Film Threat

Despite the seriousness of the subject, the movie is sweet and charming; it knows that audiences hate to be preached to and instead shows us--as it shows a Anna--why we should care about being humane.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Documentary filmmaker Julie Gavras has made a successful transition into narratives with the remarkably assured, thoroughly delightful Blame It on Fidel.
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50

Chicago Tribune

Gavras’ ending makes it clear where her sympathies lie. In the process of building to that conclusion, she overplays her metaphor a bit, but still, political tracts rarely come this sweet and sympathetic.
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74 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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