The film is nicely shot in New York and subtitled "One moment can change your life forever". There's not a moment here likely to change ours.
| Original Score: 2/5
Bella is without doubt one of the least apologetic blendings of heartfelt intentions, cinematic manipulation, and ultra sentimentality that I have seen in some time.
This is not a weepy, but a story about healing, forgiveness and redemption.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bella is mostly harmless, feel-good fare, and not unlike a TV movie of the week in depth. And you could take your old granny with you to see it, without fear.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
From the quiet performances to the sensitive direction, everything about this movie is convincing except the very story that drives it.
| Original Score: 2/4
Bella is an irrefutably effortless and heartwarming film, another indie gem with a deep soul and a beautiful message.
| Original Score: 6/10
Bella is a gentle film with a big heart.
Corn smothered in queso, this sentimental hokum sticks in your throat.
| Original Score: F
It's more of a life story than a love story. It's also a story that would play just as well if you waited to see this on the small screen.
| Original Score: 3/5
Its anti-abortion argument is loaded: How many pregnant waitresses discover they've been working alongside a kind, sensitive and handsome former millionaire soccer star with no girlfriend who's happy to become an adoptive father?
An inspirational ethnic soap opera story about two damaged sensitive souls coming together in a stressed-out New York City.
| Original Score: B-
Through the bog of clichés in director/co-writer Alejandro G. Monteverde's melodrama, the flinty reality of Blanchard's performance shines.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Bella turns out to be a clumsy message movie, one that leaves a lingering bad taste, whatever your beliefs regarding its highly divisive subject, abortion.
Bella is a (...) parable of remorse and redemption, a tale of two damaged souls who end up helping each other find release from their tragic pasts.
Tender and intelligent, "Bella" simply shines as one of the finest movies of 2007.
| Original Score: 4/4
Bella is certainly a sweet, life-affirming picture, but it's just not authentic or captivating enough to justify its wildly concocted scenario.
Rarely are crowd-pleasers so effortlessly artful.
This is, first and foremost, an actors' showcase, and the entire ensemble delivers.
Alejandro Gomez Monteverde's first feature may have more heart than head, but it's also just as interesting for what it leaves out of its romantic story as for what it retains.
It wants to answer the questions it's clearly too timid to ask, but the questions are always so much more interesting.
| Original Score: 1.5/4