Owen Gleiberman
October 08, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Motorcycle Diaries

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
126 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/24/04
performer
Rodrigo De La Serna, Gael García Bernal
director
Walter Salles
distributor
Focus Features
author
Jose Rivera
genre
Biography, Drama

We gave it a C+

Communist nostalgia. In Walter Salles’ road film, Gael García Bernal plays Ernesto Guevara in 1952, years before he became the martyr/guru Che. The character is little more than a noble, passive bourgeois, which lets the audience project their fantasies of Che onto Bernal’s deeply uninteresting performance.

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