Bollain and Laverty offer a cutting, self-critical analysis of their medium while finding an honest and effective perspective on history...
Dave Calhoun, Time Out, 2012-05-15
A film within a film within a film, Even the Rain holds up a hall of mirrors to the Third World and invites us to look in.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2011-05-06
The most outstanding performance comes from Aduviri, an indigenous Aymara from Bolivia, who was nominated for the Best Newcomer award at Spain's Oscars, the Goyas.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2011-05-05
Director Iciar Bollain remains such an extraordinary director of actors that in every scene some surprising nuance counters the literalism of the script.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2011-04-15
Despite the whiff of a Hollywood ending, "Even the Rain" is a refreshing import.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-03-11
Even the Rain strikes a deep and resonant chord.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2011-03-10
An ambitious mix of politics, religion, art, and human drama.
Loren King, Boston Globe, 2011-03-03
Telling an old story in a new way and infusing what might have been a dry political polemic with poetry, passion and unlikely warmth.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2011-02-25
The performance by Luis Tosar as the producer is confident and sturdy. Gael Garcia Bernal, as the director, is wimpy and not clearly defined, but that's in the nature of the character.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2011-02-25
When a film opens with a dedication to the late Howard Zinn, a proudly radical historian, you know you're in for a spell of progressive, populist storytelling.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2011-02-24
There are, inevitably, a couple of riveting moments mixed in with the agitprop.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2011-02-19
Senes of Columbus's arrival and of his imperialist and religious sloganeering, and of the carnage he wreaks, have a grandeur and a force reminiscent of Terrence Malick films. The segments about the chaotic water riots have a documentary immediacy.
Stephen Holden, New York Times, 2011-02-18
"Even the Rain" is that irresistible thing - a movie about the making of a movie - combined with a bit of a history and a political message.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2011-02-17
"Even the Rain" does have its pretensions, along with its ambitions, but it also illustrates film's power.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, 2011-02-17
There's a rueful, knowing quality to the moments when Bernal's character puts the film above all else, blinded to the fact that his pursuit jeopardizes the ideals he means to enshrine.
Sam Adams, AV Club, 2011-02-17
A splendid film about a movie crew blindsided by the real world.
Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter, 2011-02-09
A powerful, richly layered indictment of the plight of Latin America's dispossessed that cunningly parallels the Spanish conquest of the Americas with the 20th-century spread of capitalism, Iciar Bollain's fifth feature is her most ambitious and best.
Jonathan Holland, Variety, 2010-09-11