Bella (Beauty) Reviews

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 26, 2007
Monteverde's unobtrusive direction makes Bella into something far more interesting and affecting than the mediocre telenovela it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
October 26, 2007
May be the warmest, most heartbreaking family drama I've seen in years.
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
October 26, 2007
Eduardo Verastegui sports the most distracting facial hair since that guy in Knocked Up who bet his roommates he wouldn't shave for a year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
October 26, 2007
Blanchard and Verastegui are the stars of the show here, and their interplay of trust and light flirtation is what keeps Bella out of the death grip of convention.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 26, 2007
A heart-tugger with the confidence not to tug too hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 26, 2007
What are you going to do when your lead actress offers a performance that's as unlikable as the woman she's portraying?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 26, 2007
Bolstered by engaging performances and an appealing Latin milieu, Bella tells a simple, idealistic story with considerable style and charm.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
October 25, 2007
Without a standout performance or a compelling story the entire project is so slight you practically forget you've seen it before it's even over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
October 25, 2007
Bella is as pedestrian as they come.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 25, 2007
The emotions at play in Bella are no doubt heartfelt, but they're so cut-and-dried that the mawkish script virtually writes itself.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
October 25, 2007
It ends like a TV show, and everyone has learned a neat little lesson. Phooey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
October 25, 2007
In his feature directorial debut, Alejandro Monteverde hits the mark as often as he misses it, but the film's problems linger longer than its successes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 25, 2007
A Mexican movie in which the outcome is never in doubt, the scenes are endless -- sorry, we meant poetic-- and the false beard on the central character's face looks as though it could use a little extra gum.
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 25, 2007
It's better when the earthy Nina and the dreamy, Christlike Jose are more or less floating through the city.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cynthia Conlin
Orlando Weekly
October 25, 2007
Where a typical love story is often fantastical, the characters and situations in Bella are penetratingly real, with the grit, glare and sorrow that so often invades reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
October 23, 2007
I won't spoil it, except to say that it manages to be utterly predictable without making any sense at all.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
October 23, 2007
Doesn't seem to have very much plot or purpose, besides being an overly sweet and cute love letter to New York City, but the writing and storytelling just aren't there.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 21, 2007
Scored to a relentless mix of Spanish and English pop anthems, cut like a Grudge freak-out, and performed with all the gusto of a Chespirito skit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
February 1, 2007
The warm stars can do only so much to humanize a mucky narrative that unavoidably lessens the film's emotional thrust.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 10, 2006
...Blanchard delivers a searing, unexpectedly powerful performance that certainly eliminates any doubt as to her abilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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