• Bella
    3 minutes 37 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Bella (Beauty) Reviews

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

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 Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

October 6, 2010
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review

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.

Full Review Source: DVD Review

May 19, 2008
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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This is not a weepy, but a story about healing, forgiveness and redemption.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

April 11, 2008
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

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 Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 11, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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From the quiet performances to the sensitive direction, everything about this movie is convincing except the very story that drives it.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

April 10, 2008
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette

Bella is an irrefutably effortless and heartwarming film, another indie gem with a deep soul and a beautiful message.

Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette | Original Score: 6/10

February 28, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Bella is a gentle film with a big heart.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

February 14, 2008
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Corn smothered in queso, this sentimental hokum sticks in your throat.

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: F

February 3, 2008

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 Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3/5

November 28, 2007
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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 Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

November 26, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
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An inspirational ethnic soap opera story about two damaged sensitive souls coming together in a stressed-out New York City.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

November 17, 2007
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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

November 16, 2007
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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 Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

November 15, 2007
Beverly Berning

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.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

November 14, 2007
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Tender and intelligent, "Bella" simply shines as one of the finest movies of 2007.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

November 13, 2007
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 9, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Rarely are crowd-pleasers so effortlessly artful.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 9, 2007
Mack Bates
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This is, first and foremost, an actors' showcase, and the entire ensemble delivers.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

November 9, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 9, 2007
Erin Meister
Boston Globe
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It wants to answer the questions it's clearly too timid to ask, but the questions are always so much more interesting.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 9, 2007
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