Overlong, overly broad and overly familiar. But not without its charms
| Original Score: 2/4
It's not a great film, but for what it wants to do, it's a decent diversion.
| Original Score: 3/5
A sloppy melange of unpersuasive melodrama, amateurish mugging, unfunny comedy and mawkish sentimentality.
| Original Score: 2/5
Unevenly handled, slurrying emotions in a way that feels careless rather than cleverly unconventional.
| Original Score: 6/10
Alternately and creepily plays toward young children and horny adults.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
This sporadically amusing but unduly protracted dramedy devolves into a shameless tearjerker in its third act.
Derbez, a sharp comedic actor with an emotive face, ably shoulders most of the film's emotional burden.
| Original Score: 6.7/10
'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)
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Mix of comedy and tragedy in Mexican dad-daughter tale.
Surprisingly touching father/daughter story. Humor and heart make a winning combination.
| Original Score: 8/10
"Instructions Not Included" is a sweet little movie that is more than it seems to be.
The film's counterintuitive success is largely due to Derbez, who demonstrates why he is beloved, both south and north of the border.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Derbez, who also directed the film, gives the movie a strong core through his expressive face.
| Original Score: B+
Charming and entertaining, if overlong and a bit too melodramatic, Instructions ultimately works because of the cast.
| Original Score: 2.5/5