No issues with Edgar Ramirez, a charismatic, first-rate actor who’s proved his mettle in Carlos and Zero Dark Thirty. I would simply prefer a biopic of Simon Bolivar as directed by Steven Soderbergh or Olivier Assayas. The Liberator “is a respectable, sprawling endeavor that covers nearly three decades of tumultuous events in the life of Simon Bolivar,” wrote Variety‘s Dennis Harvey. “Yet it lacks that essential spark that would turn it into a great biopic rather than a competent one, and make history seem alive rather than merely illustrated.”

Here’s a respectful but less than enthusiastic review from Hollywood Reporter critic Todd McCarthy.