American Adobo Reviews

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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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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.
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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
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
February 6, 2002
A big meal of cliches that the talented cast generally chokes on.
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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
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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
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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
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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.