Loving Pablo

Loving Pablo, internationally known as Escobar, is a 2017 English-language Spanish biographical crime drama film directed by Fernando León de Aranoa, based on Virginia Vallejo's memoir Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar.[3][4] It was screened out of competition in the 74th Venice International Film Festival and in the Special Presentations section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.[5]

Loving Pablo
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Film poster
Directed byFernando León de Aranoa
Produced by
  • Dean Nichols
  • Javier Bardem
  • Miguel Menendez de Zubillaga
  • Kalina Kottas
Written byFernando León de Aranoa
Based onLoving Pablo, Hating Escobar
by Virginia Vallejo[1]
Music byFederico Jusid
CinematographyAlex Catalan
Edited byNacho Ruiz Capillas
Release date
  • 6 September 2017 (2017-09-06) (Venice)
  • 9 March 2018 (2018-03-09) (Spain)
Running time
125 minutes
Box office$17.5 million[2]


Between 1983 and 1987, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar had a romantic relationship with the journalist and the television presenter, Virginia Vallejo.



Box officeEdit

Loving Pablo grossed $22,017 in the United States and Canada, and $17,5 million in other territories,[2] plus $60,312 with home video sales.[6]

Critical responseEdit

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 31% based on 48 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 4.82/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Loving Pablo bungles its seemingly cinematic real-life story -- and a pair of talented stars -- in producing a lurid biopic that adds nothing to the Escobar subgenre."[7] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 42 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[8]


  1. ^ "Book: Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar". Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Loving Pablo (2017)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (13 May 2015). "Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz Starring in Pablo Escobar Movie". Variety. Cannes. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  4. ^ Zsalai, Georg (28 July 2017). "San Sebastian Unveils First Competition Titles, Will Screen Pablo Escobar Film With Javier Bardem". The Hollywood Reporter. San Sebastian. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  5. ^ Pond, Steve (15 August 2017). "Aaron Sorkin, Brie Larson, Louis CK Movies Added to Toronto Film Festival Lineup". The Wrap. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Loving Pablo (2017)". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Loving Pablo (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Loving Pablo Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 June 2020.

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