It is intensely involving at the outset, but it faces an insoluble problem: The story, like the characters, has no place to go.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It has nice little touches, and some solid performances, but in the end nothing is accomplished. It is as though the film itself is unemployed.
| Original Score: C+
As boring as a trip across Kansas on a Greyhound bus.
| Original Score: C
Thick with powerful, understated, deeply empathetic performances -- and it needs them. It's hard to feel sorry for a bunch of welfare cases who sit around drinking and barely even trying to find new jobs.
Perhaps too toothless for its subject.
Midway, Mondays in the Sun becomes as dull as a day with nothing to do.
| Original Score: 1/4
The popcorn out in the lobby would seem a more compelling attraction
| Original Score: 3/5
It's a bit of a challenge to watch, but Javier Bardem fans will want to check it out.
Mondays in the Sun has come to illustrate just how hard it is to do what Ken Loach and Laurent Cantet make seem so effortless.
Mondays in the Sun is heartfelt and true and as tedious as a movie about chronic unemployment can be.
Though buoyed by excellent, unflinching performances, this melancholy drama reflects the dismally monotonous lives of its subjects just a little too well.
While there's a certain poetic symmetry to a lethargic film about lethargy, it doesn't make for a terribly edifying viewing experience.
| Original Score: 2/4
Mondays in the Sun is prodigiously uneventful, though its heart is in the right place. It would be easier to dismiss if it weren't.
Much like the lives it depicts, Mondays in the Sun is repetitious, uneventful and, in the end, dull.
Throughout, Bardem ... is a potent presence.
Seems born not of contrivance but genuine, hurtful truth
| Original Score: 3/4
What keeps us involved in this perceptive film is the beautiful acting of its cast ... and the way the movie balances grim reality with bits of fancy that feel oddly perfect.
Aranoa's storytelling is full of fire and nuance, and his striking, heartbreaking, mutedly hopeful film exhibits the spirit of its Italian neo-realist predecessors.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It's a long and relatively underdramatized film, but it's powerfully true.
Bottom feeder, out of work adventurers busying themselves with basically anything that will keep the terror of an abyss called the future at bay.