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Drama/Mex (2006)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 14

Lovely visuals can't save Drama/Mex from its shaky camerawork and thematically uneven plot.


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 7

Lovely visuals can't save Drama/Mex from its shaky camerawork and thematically uneven plot.



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Three intense human relationship stories are interlaced during one night in contemporary Acapulco. Once upon a time a luxurious port, now in decadence, Acapulco serves as a background for a suicidal old man, for a 15 year old runaway girl, and for a young couple who face the hardships of separation after a tragic break up.


Art House & International, Drama

Gerardo Neranjo

Dec 4, 2007

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Drama/Mex has flashy style but puppetlike characters and unconvincing stories.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This relentlessly downbeat portrait of numerous troubled characters is ultimately too derivative and familiar for it to connect with art house audiences despite some effective moments and good performances by its mainly youthful cast.

July 17, 2007
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Drama/Mex has an overheated plot, but it plays out at a low boil, mainly because Naranjo is more interested in the subtle stresses of human interaction than in shrill desperation.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Visually arresting but thematically uneven, Gerardo Naranjo's fictional snapshot of a gritty Mexican beach is simply too desperate to shock us.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Drama/Mex can't see past its nihilistic little nose.

July 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsday
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All the edgy style in the world canâ(TM)t camouflage a black hole. Drama/Mex turns loose these insistently shallow characters and provides no insight into their bad behavior.

July 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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[Director Gerardo] Naranjo seems to be onto something, even if he doesn't quite get it right this time out.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The murky melodrama's vicarious perversions may set a dubious new low standard in cinema - gross-out tragedy.

July 17, 2007 Full Review | Comment (1)
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This morally-ambiguous adventure's cleverly-concealed, parallel powder keg plotlines are sufficiently compelling to keep you riveted to these loco losers' predicaments till the bitter end.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

It is just too bad that the location is far more evocative than the drama itself.

July 13, 2007

The turgid pace and shaky camerawork, both seemingly a deliberate style, evaporate whatever cinema-geek enjoyment there might have been.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A Mexican drama set in Acapulco that revolves around flimsily drawn characters who fail to elicit our empathy.

July 13, 2007 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

Writer/director Naranjo is a talent worth keeping an eye on -- provided he can find his own idiom and less predictable subject matter. And it's impossible to take your eyes off the ravishing Garcia in her debut.

July 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

'Drama/Mex' fails to supply motivation for or roundness to its unappealing inhabitants, and its two stories lack any reflection to one another.

July 8, 2007 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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At its heart, Drama/Mex is a story of people struggling to fulfill their roles, and the camera's forceful gaze is their confessional box.

June 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Drama/Mex

The worst part about the awful dialogue said by most of these characters is that it's the most realistic I've seen so far in a Mexican film. The characters fail to have any depth or insight into their lives. They should've just stayed with one of the stories, since the director was unable to fully tell any of the two at once.
May 22, 2008
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