American Adobo Reviews

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Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
A sophomoric exploration of 'life problems' most people solved long ago -- or at least got tired of hearing people kvetch about.
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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
October 3, 2002
Guillen rarely gets beneath the surface of things. She lists ingredients, but never mixes and stirs.
Arthur Salm
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 14, 2002
While American Adobo has its heart (and its palate) in the right place, its brain is a little scattered -- ditsy, even.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News
May 3, 2002
American Adobo is entertaining and it's filled with fine performances from the ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 12, 2002
The script by Vincent R. Nebrida ... tries to cram too many ingredients into one small pot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 22, 2002
Mushes the college-friends genre (The Big Chill) together with the contrivances and overwrought emotion of soap operas.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
February 8, 2002
It sticks rigidly to the paradigm, rarely permitting its characters more than two obvious dimensions and repeatedly placing them in contrived, well-worn situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Filmcritic.com
February 8, 2002
Tries to add some spice to its quirky sentiments but the taste is all too familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
February 6, 2002
A big meal of cliches that the talented cast generally chokes on.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 3, 2002
I'm not sure which is worse: the poor acting by the ensemble cast, the flat dialogue by Vincent R. Nebrida or the gutless direction by Laurice Guillen.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
February 1, 2002
Stiff and schmaltzy and clumsily directed.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 1, 2002
An intimate, good-humored ethnic comedy like numerous others but cuts deeper than expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andy Klein
New Times
January 31, 2002
The film is reasonably entertaining, though it begins to drag two-thirds through, when the melodramatic aspects start to overtake the comedy.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 25, 2002
Really is a pan-American movie, with moments of genuine insight into the urban heart.
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Megan Turner
New York Post
January 25, 2002
Marinated in clichés and mawkish dialogue.
| Original Score: 1.5/4

E! Online
January 25, 2002
Too much clunky dialog in mawkish situations dissolve this flick into shrill histrionics.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 24, 2002
When not wallowing in its characters' frustrations, the movie is busy contriving false, sitcom-worthy solutions to their problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 24, 2002
Though clearly well-intentioned, this cross-cultural soap opera is painfully formulaic and stilted.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 24, 2002
Although melodramatic and predictable, this romantic comedy explores the friendship between five Filipino-Americans and their frantic efforts to find love.
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Wendy Lee
Village Voice
January 22, 2002
In Adobo, ethnicity is not just the spice, but at the heart of more universal concerns.
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