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A Better Life Reviews

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Grae Drake

I enjoyed watching the intimacy that arose out of crisis between these two characters, but the rest of the picture feels too familiar to be impressive.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 24, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Once you get past the cliched Spanglish dialogue and the sentimental tone of the early acts, "A Better Life" settles down into something both involving and moving.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

June 27, 2011
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix

White guilt drives this misguided retooling of The Bicycle Thief...

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

July 13, 2011
Matt Pais

A movie with a story like this doesn't need to try so hard.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 8, 2011
Jeremy Heilman

A Better Life is one of those modest movies that is so outwardly well-intentioned that one cannot help but doubt its intentions.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 31/100

July 12, 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
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Mostly this is a film made up of earnest concern and good intentions - and that's never a substitute for real drama and strong convictions.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 24, 2011
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
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
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
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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A Better Life takes on the combustible topic of illegal immigration through the soft, safe focus of father-son bonding, with a heavy nod to The Bicycle Thief.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 21, 2011
Justin Chang
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Despite Demian Bichir's affecting lead performance and a strong feel for Los Angeles' Mexican-American communities, [the film] emerges an earnest and overly programmatic heart-tugger.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 16, 2011
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Kudos for stepping outside your comfort zone, sir, even if the result just translates as old-fashioned cultural slumming masked as tear-jerking humanism. Better luck next time.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

June 22, 2011
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

A Better Life is noble to the very end and that ends up being its undoing.

Full Review Source: Television Without Pity

July 5, 2011
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Unlike its multifaceted director, the film never stretches its boundaries.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 8, 2011
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

I had the feeling I was supposed to marvel at the authenticity with which Weitz constructs his mawkish Bicycle Thieves update, but instead I kept noticing how utterly one-dimensional all the characters are.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 2/5

July 15, 2011

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

Full Review Source: NECN | Original Score: B-

August 26, 2012

A Better Life can be remembered as a humble but richly nuanced character study full of compassion.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

July 27, 2011
Eve Barlow
Empire Magazine

An interesting exploration of class struggle which recalls classics like Bicycle Thieves but doesn't quite live up to them.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

July 24, 2011
Joshua Starnes

It showcases a fine performance from Bichir which proves neither sentimentality nor quirkiness is needed to maintain an audience's interest when you've got real drama on your hands.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7.5/10

July 1, 2011
Dan Fainaru
Screen International
September 13, 2011
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
August 30, 2011
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