Abel Reviews

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Philip French
Guardian
January 10, 2011
After its edgy, deliberately puzzling first hour, it starts to run out of steam, but at 85 minutes it doesn't overstay its welcome.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
January 10, 2011
Diego Luna's promising debut as a director is a slight and charming tale of a troubled young boy's retreat into fantasy.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
January 10, 2011
Enjoyable, off-beat drama that's both darkly funny and emotionally engaging, thanks to assured direction from Diego Luna and a terrific central performance from young Christopher Ruiz-Esparza.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
January 7, 2011
A slow-burning but satisfying comedy that goes for gentle humour rather than belly laughs.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 6, 2011
It's an intriguing film...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
January 6, 2011
Abel may mark the beginning of a major new Latin American voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leo Robson
Financial Times
January 6, 2011
A comedy that is creepy and amusing in just the right measures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
January 6, 2011
Luna makes fine use of production designer Brigitte Broch's shabbily cosy interiors to prevent the film from turning into a twee shantytown fairy tale...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
January 6, 2011
Mexican cinema adds another gem to its treasure chest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 5, 2011
Engrossing, intelligent fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 4, 2011
Engaging and involving, and so bizarre that it's impossible to predict where the story's going
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
January 3, 2011
Tender and affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
November 6, 2010
After nearly two decades in front of the camera, Luna has learned a thing or two about how to work behind it as well.
Matt Mueller
Total Film
December 27, 2010
Abel is blighted by limp plotting and anaemic characters, leaving it as flat as a steamrollered tortilla.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
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