20 Centimeters (20 Centimetres) (20 centímetros) Reviews

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David Cornelius
December 30, 2006

Salazar has managed to drain all life out of what should naturally be a most lively project.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
October 27, 2006

Director (Ramon) Salazar is no Pedro Almodóvar, try as he might.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Drew Tillman
Village Voice
Top Critic
October 24, 2006

20 Centimeters is a flaccid bore.

Laura Kern
New York Times
Top Critic
October 30, 2006

Size plays a major role in this brash, vivacious concoction of dark comedy, light drama and musical performance.

| Original Score: 2.5/5
Timothy Knight
October 27, 2006

Unfortunately, Salazar's cinematic skills do not extend to the musical realm, for the song and dance numbers in 20 Centimeters are charm-deprived, uninspired, and ineptly directed and choreographed.

| Original Score: 2/4
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
November 1, 2006

Here's yet another self-consciously 'Almodóvarian' confection, studded with small odes to the glory of self-creation.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 27, 2006

Monica Cervera's fearless performance as the homely Marieta, whose movie-made dreams of glamour will never come true, is mesmerizing.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
Top Critic
November 10, 2006

There's not much to savor in the way of plot, and the film aimlessly wanders through Marietta's life.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007

It all makes one think that the Spanish film industry needs to seriously get hold of itself and stop with these slavish, sub-Almodóvarian forays into excess.

Beth Accomando
October 28, 2006

Whether she's acting like Marilyn Manson or Marilyn Monroe, Monica Cervera delivers an audaciously over the top and delectably rich comic performance.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
John Anderson
Top Critic
November 1, 2006

Director Ramón Salazar, in only his second feature, distinguishes himself from others who so less effectively bend genres, and genders.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Boyd van Hoeij
September 23, 2006

Salazar might not have created a completely satisfying film, but if you are looking for a cinematic curiosity way out of the ordinary, 20 centímetros will definitely do the trick.

Jette Kernion
January 24, 2007

Every time 20 Centimeters feels a little slow or annoying, the quirky musical numbers kick in and their intense energy seems to make everything all right.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Holland
Top Critic
November 9, 2006

Showing a stylistic bravura and confidence rare among upcoming Spanish helmers, Ramon Salazar's campy 20 Centimeters is a self-regarding but vastly entertaining sophomore effort.

Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 14, 2006

The film's story may be slight but Salazar's sparkling tribute to an alternative lifestyle and unconventional female beauty is liberating.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
November 9, 2006

The real joy of 20 Centimeters is taking in the spectacle of the song and dance, from cabaret to new wave.

| Original Score: 3/4
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