By Joe McGovern
Updated October 03, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT
Teresa Isasi

Venezuelan revolutionary Simón Bolívar greatly admired George Washington, but Timothy J. Sexton and Alberto Arvelo, the writer and the director of this Bolívar biopic, didn’t learn much from Lincoln. Inadvisedly, they attempt to cram three decades of turmoil into a svelte two hours, though few figures lend themselves less to a greatest-hits compilation than Latin America’s noblest military leader. Édgar Ramírez (Carlos) delivers Bolívar’s fight-the-power speeches with an intense virility. While charismatic, he can’t liberate the script, which, unlike the best historical epics, never soars out of its own century. C+