Bella (Beauty) Reviews

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Derek Malcolm
This is London
October 6, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
May 19, 2008
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.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
April 11, 2008
This is not a weepy, but a story about healing, forgiveness and redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
April 11, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 10, 2008
From the quiet performances to the sensitive direction, everything about this movie is convincing except the very story that drives it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
February 28, 2008
Bella is an irrefutably effortless and heartwarming film, another indie gem with a deep soul and a beautiful message.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 14, 2008
Bella is a gentle film with a big heart.
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 3, 2008
Corn smothered in queso, this sentimental hokum sticks in your throat.
Full Review | Original Score: F
November 28, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 26, 2007
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 17, 2007
An inspirational ethnic soap opera story about two damaged sensitive souls coming together in a stressed-out New York City.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 16, 2007
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
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 15, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Beverly Berning
November 14, 2007
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.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
November 13, 2007
Tender and intelligent, "Bella" simply shines as one of the finest movies of 2007.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2007
Bella is certainly a sweet, life-affirming picture, but it's just not authentic or captivating enough to justify its wildly concocted scenario.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 9, 2007
Rarely are crowd-pleasers so effortlessly artful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mack Bates
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 9, 2007
This is, first and foremost, an actors' showcase, and the entire ensemble delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 9, 2007
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.
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Erin Meister
Boston Globe
November 9, 2007
It wants to answer the questions it's clearly too timid to ask, but the questions are always so much more interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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