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The Motorcycle Diaries Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Glazed over by its worship of Che Guevara.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A smartly scoped story of great personal growth and transformation. It's not hard to see the personality/political basis for Che's later revolutionary actions.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A convincing, entertaining portrait of the revolutionist as a young man.

  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    More coming-of-age story than biopic, this Guevara odyssey is a transformative adventure well worth watching.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Subtly political biopic won't interest most teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some social drinking, strong language, and discussions of a sexual nature. This is a biopic of the early life of future Communist guerilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara, but impressionable youths aren't too likely to convert to Marxism solely by watching -- if they're interested at all (unless your kids have a deep interest in the subject already or love polishing up their Spanish-language skills, they probably won't have much interest).

  • Families can talk about Ernesto's values and idealism, and the adage "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter."

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: None, except for a near-brawl, avoided by the fleeing heroes.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Nothing really shown, but much-discussed (including a heavily-coded negotiation with a prostitute).

  • language false5

    Language: Some very raw language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking, one supporting character gets drunk.