Bear Cub (Cachorro) Reviews

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Ronnie Scheib
Chicago Reader
April 7, 2010
Thoroughly likable, it never resorts to sentimental cliches or moralistic epiphanies.
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The film is, of course, not all sex, and, indeed, brims with observant intelligence.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 15, 2005
Suddenly this careful and patient movie turns cheap and hasty, with unexpected disclosures, desperate curveballs, and crocodile tears. It's not ruinous, but it's not good either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
There is a family movie within the gay subtext of "Bear Cub" that is a draw for the sophisticated film-goer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 5, 2005
A fresh and surprisingly insightful look at human interaction, from the way we create families around us to the cruel realities of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 7, 2005
Purrs with uncommon emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
March 4, 2005
[Cachorro provides] 100 minutes of wonderfully realised characters, many laughs, some tears and much valuable insight.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 3, 2005
Bear Cub knows about a million ways to jerk our tears, but it hasn't mastered any of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 18, 2005
Albaladejo takes a warm approach to his characters, from Pedro's boisterous circle of like-minded gay pals (known as 'bears' for their stocky builds and facial hair) to Bernardo's paternal grandmother.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
February 4, 2005
It turns into a subtle character study that both gay and straight audiences will find moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 21, 2005
Director Luis Miguel Albaladejo has an essential, rather sweet earnestness, but we sense that he likes pushing touchy buttons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 21, 2005
Had the story had more oomph to it, its stance would have seemed a lot more important as an artistic issue. But as things sit, it's an abstract plus indeed.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 7, 2005
A pleasurable amble down a well-worn cinematic street.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 31, 2004
The movie has a good deal of warmth and humor and has a certain liveliness to it... not a perfect movie, but one that will touch the cuddly bear in each of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News
December 30, 2004
A touching, frank movie about parenting.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
December 10, 2004
The film's ambitions are laudable, and it manages to be touching, funny and true to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
December 2, 2004
It's enough to give you faith in family dramas again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
November 24, 2004
Though it has all the makings of a trite, dogmatic TV movie about gay adoption, it manages to maintain a sense of humor, subtlety and restraint throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 18, 2004
[A] tenderly realized tale...
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Los Angeles Times
November 18, 2004
The strength of Bear Cub is that it eschews exposition in favor of gradual revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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