• PG-13, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Eugenio Derbez
    In Theaters:
    Aug 30, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jan 21, 2014
  • Lionsgate Films


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Instructions Not Included Reviews

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Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Overlong, overly broad and overly familiar. But not without its charms

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2/4

September 11, 2013
Bill Gibron
Film Racket

It's not a great film, but for what it wants to do, it's a decent diversion.

Full Review Source: Film Racket | Original Score: 3/5

October 2, 2013
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

A sloppy melange of unpersuasive melodrama, amateurish mugging, unfunny comedy and mawkish sentimentality.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

September 6, 2013
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Unevenly handled, slurrying emotions in a way that feels careless rather than cleverly unconventional.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 6/10

September 13, 2013
Matt Pais

Alternately and creepily plays toward young children and horny adults.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 1/4

August 30, 2013
Todd Jorgenson

It doesn't transition smoothly between comedy and drama, and the constant mugging of Derbez becomes as tiresome as his character's lack of common sense.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

August 30, 2013
Joe Leydon
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This sporadically amusing but unduly protracted dramedy devolves into a shameless tearjerker in its third act.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 3, 2013
Abigail Garnett
Paste Magazine

Derbez, a sharp comedic actor with an emotive face, ably shoulders most of the film's emotional burden.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 6.7/10

September 26, 2013
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!

'Instructions Not Included' is definitely not light on its feet. But despite its flaws, it's effective in the end. (Full Parental Review also available)

Full Review Source: Screen It!

September 6, 2013
Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
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There's a lot of movie here with unexpected developments, held together by the irresistible chemistry between Derbez and his adorable pint-sized co-star.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 30, 2013
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Mix of comedy and tragedy in Mexican dad-daughter tale.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

September 11, 2013
Jackie K. Cooper

Surprisingly touching father/daughter story. Humor and heart make a winning combination.

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 8/10

October 7, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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"Instructions Not Included" is a sweet little movie that is more than it seems to be.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 29, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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The film's counterintuitive success is largely due to Derbez, who demonstrates why he is beloved, both south and north of the border.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 5, 2013
Rick Bentley
Fresno Bee

Derbez, who also directed the film, gives the movie a strong core through his expressive face.

Full Review Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: B+

September 5, 2013
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle

Charming and entertaining, if overlong and a bit too melodramatic, Instructions ultimately works because of the cast.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 6, 2013
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