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Sergio (2020)

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Critic Consensus: While the real-life story that inspired Sergio is certainly worthy of a biopic, its misguided approach to its noble subject adds up to a disappointingly shallow drama.

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Charismatic and complex, Sergio Vieira de Mello (Wagner Moura) has spent the majority of his storied career as a top UN diplomat working in the world's most unstable regions, deftly navigating deals with presidents, revolutionaries, and war criminals for the sake of protecting the lives of ordinary people. But just as he readies himself for a simpler life with the woman he loves (Ana de Armas), Sergio takes one last assignment -- in Baghdad, newly plunged into chaos following the US invasion. The assignment is meant to be brief, until a bomb blast causes the walls of the UN headquarters to come literally crashing down upon him, setting into motion a gripping life-or-death struggle. Inspired by a true story, SERGIO is a sweeping drama focused on a man pushed to his physical and emotional limits as he's forced to confront his own divisive choices about ambition, family, and his capacity to love.

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Cast

Wagner Moura
as Sergio Vieira de Mello
Ana de Armas
as Carolina Larriera
Garret Dillahunt
as Msg. Bill Von Zehle
Clemens Schick
as Gaby Pichon
Will Dalton
as Sgt. Andre Valentine
Bradley Whitford
as Paul Bremer
Brian F. O'Byrne
as Gil Loescher
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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (14)

The new "Sergio" isn't as seamless or as powerful as Barker's work in the nonfiction arena, but it takes chances and finds some real lyricism along the way.

April 28, 2020 | Full Review…
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A worthy biopic in some respects but it doesn't complicate its subject enough to resonate.

April 24, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Even Moura and de Armas' sizzling chemistry presents its own problems to an already hobbled feature; why, after all, is this biopic about an exceptional human built mostly around a love affair?

April 21, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…

It was good to be reminded of this man and the good men trying to make the world a better place.

April 20, 2020 | Full Review…

"Sergio" honors a man whom not everyone knows, but should. Yet its dry telling and skewed emphasis on his love life trivialize a man whose life was much more than skin deep.

April 20, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Barker and Borten have chosen to retain the documentary's framing device of the rescue attempt... Here, it feels abstract, disjointed from the scenes with him and Carolina, thus weakening and muddying the story.

April 18, 2020 | Full Review…

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