46% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Aug 22
46% If I Stay Aug 22
—— When The Game Stands Tall Aug 22
7% Are You Here Aug 22
97% Love Is Strange Aug 22

Top Box Office

21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $28.5M
92% Guardians of the Galaxy $25.1M
14% Let's Be Cops $17.8M
35% The Expendables 3 $15.9M
31% The Giver $12.3M
21% Into The Storm $7.9M
66% The Hundred-Foot Journey $7.2M
64% Lucy $5.5M
41% Step Up: All In $2.7M
62% Hercules $2.1M

Coming Soon

0% The November Man Aug 27
98% Starred Up Aug 27
—— As Above/So Below Aug 29
85% The Congress Aug 29
—— The Calling Aug 29

New Episodes Tonight

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% The Divide: Season 1
83% Extant: Season 1
—— Franklin & Bash: Season 4
—— Graceland: Season 2
—— Hot in Cleveland: Season 5
57% Legends: Season 1
—— Motive: Season 2
69% Mystery Girls: Season 1
100% Suits: Season 4
38% Taxi Brooklyn: Season 1
43% Young & Hungry: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

—— Covert Affairs: Season 5
88% Finding Carter: Season 1
67% Matador: Season 1
—— Perception: Season 3
—— Pretty Little Liars: Season 5
—— Rizzoli & Isles: Season 5
—— Royal Pains: Season 5
—— Sullivan & Son: Season 3
57% Tyrant: Season 1

Certified Fresh TV

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
83% Extant: Season 1
88% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
86% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
89% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

A Better Life Reviews

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Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Well-acted, but quite over-hyped -- a melodramatic Mexican-American version of "Bicycle Thieves."

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2/4

January 4, 2013

A Better Life is a half-step removed from the Hallmark Hall of Fame.

Full Review Source: NECN | Original Score: B-

August 26, 2012
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

A Better Life's sense of place and eye for detail are strong, but the too-smooth style and rushed dramatics are at odds with the hardscrabble existence on display.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: C+

August 17, 2012
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[A] gentle, honest, heartfelt film, but [it] does not have much to offer beyond an earnest respect for a segment of American society that is too often derided...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

February 22, 2012
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

The silver lining is an excellent lead performance from Bichir.

Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 2/4

January 26, 2012
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

A well deserved Oscar nomination for Demian Bichir in a film with echoes of The Bicycle Thief.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 3/4

January 25, 2012
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Each sequence plays out in mind-numbingly cliched fashion: father-son lectures, chin-up resilience-especially the final shot-and a stern message about the heartless anti-immigration movement are depicted in an infuriatingly shallow manner.

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 32/100

December 30, 2011

Director Chris Weitz has done a credible job of bringing Roger Simon's story and Eric Eason's screenplay to cinematic life.

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 24, 2011
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

it's far too predictable and mundane to carry my interest through the rest of the film

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 13, 2011
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Although the structure of the film is conventional, the ending of the film is not. Unlike most films, it does have a real hero, Carlos.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

November 4, 2011
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A sympathetic tale about an illegal Mexican.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

October 31, 2011
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Essentially a variation on Vittorio De Sica's The Bicycle Thief, but it has a vitality and resonance all its own.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 26, 2011
Mike McCahill

Modest as A Better Life may be in scope, it commits wholeheartedly to achieving the goal of socially conscious cinema: to make visible the previously unseen.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

August 8, 2011


A movingly simple and simply moving father-son drama set in downtown LA, refreshingly free of pretentious narrative pyrotechnics. Have a hankie up your sleeve and hang your cynicism up at the door.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

July 31, 2011
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

The sentimental saga of a father and son's stoical struggle against impossible odds.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

July 31, 2011
Philip French
Observer [UK]

It's a small, convincing, tightly constructed movie about an urgent, seemingly insoluble problem.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

July 31, 2011
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

A compassionate, sensitive look at the precarious lives of those off the grid.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

July 29, 2011
Derek Malcolm
This is London

It speaks well enough about the fate of immigrants everywhere, especially those who want to work hard but end up being exploited.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

July 29, 2011
Matthew Turner

Emotionally engaging immigrant drama enlivened by strong performances from its two leads, but it's slightly undone by an overly predictable script that prevents any real surprises.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

July 28, 2011
Cath Clarke

Bichir carries it all with a measured performance of considerable emotion as the dad, clenched by so many years holding his breath, waiting for the knock at the door.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

July 28, 2011
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