A Day Without a Mexican - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

A Day Without a Mexican Reviews

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 6, 2006
| Original Score: 1/4
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
September 17, 2004
As many times you consider A Day Without a Mexican a crude and underdeveloped parody, there are moments that it vindicates itself with on-the-money situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Achy Obejas
Chicago Tribune
September 16, 2004
The movie in its extended version is frequently muddled, emotionally messy, a little heavy-handed and misses the real opportunity presented by the new format.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
August 27, 2004
Charming if amateurish farce of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 26, 2004
By the film's end, we're more beleaguered than enlightened.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John McMurtrie
San Francisco Chronicle
June 4, 2004
The tone is often that of a preachy after-school special, down to the instructional messages that regularly flash across the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 3, 2004
Arau has expanded his satirical short from 1998 into one joke that he solemnly beats to death for 100 minutes.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
May 22, 2004
An ambitious, hit-and-miss social satire that doesn't score as many direct hits as it should. But it lands enough punches to get its point across.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 19, 2004
Ultimately loses something in the translation from 28 minutes to 97.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
May 14, 2004
In tripling the original length, the film's delightfully pointed mockumentary aspects are combined with a pallid chain of sketched-in characters reacting to events.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
May 14, 2004
A film content to let some mild comedy carry its straightforward message rather than trying to say something more profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 14, 2004
A terrific premise is mangled to a pulp, then beaten to death in this forced mockumentary.