| Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
An inspirational ethnic soap opera story about two damaged sensitive souls coming together in a stressed-out New York City.
| Original Score: B-
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
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's a movie that touches the heart, even if it has its narrative problems.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
'Bella' is a good beginning for Monteverde. He exhibits the making of an excellent director. This film is not quite there yet, but it's close.
The movie works because we care about all the characters, especially with writing that rings true, not maudlin.
An inspirational drama about a loving and compassionate man who gives a troubled and lonely woman a new lease on life with a selfless act of kindness.
A tearjerker that earns its sobs with heartfelt emotions.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Cynics need not apply, but I found Bella a real heart tugger.
Writer-director Alejandro Gómez Monteverde brings to his feature debut a warmth and charity that offsets some of the script's more obvious devices.