Only Human Reviews

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Christopher Campbell
September 17, 2007
More than just a spotlight on wacky family members and screwball situations ... a simple statement about some absurd perspectives on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
June 16, 2007
A rare, optimistic ray of hope about the prospects of Jewish-Muslim relations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 15, 2007
Writer-directors Dominic Harari and Teresa Pelegri have penned an amusing script and, as directors, inject a delicate human texture into the story's intermixing of capricious zaniness, frank sensuality and Mideast politics.
David Cornelius
October 17, 2006
The laughs more than make up for the familiarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 6, 2006
... well-intentioned and charming, a deliberately downsized film that despite its high concept finds humor in the domestic more often than the political.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
September 8, 2006
A fresh and funny Spanish take on the classic family screwball comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 25, 2006
Only Human (Seres Queridos), generally speaking, doesn't work.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jordan Hiller
August 16, 2006
While the comedy is at times sharp but mainly chaotic in that frenzied European style, it seems the filmmakers actually intended to make a statement about Jews, Arabs, and the possibility that love can out maneuver politics and overcome unimaginable histo
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 11, 2006
The only lesson it has to impart is that a gifted, charismatic cast can elevate the most tired material into something closer to mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 10, 2006
The secret to Only Human's appeal is that the silliness is performed matter of factly, so it becomes a new, cracked definition of normal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 10, 2006
A smart and dark comedy from Spain, Only Human manages to say cogent things about the nature of intolerance and love while being fitfully hilarious.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 5, 2006
The irreverent comedy of family feuds, impulsive leaps of (il)logic, and temporary amnesia is more screwball eccentricity than social satire.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
August 4, 2006
There's a political and social clash at its core, but the laughter comes from a deeper, human place (see title).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
July 28, 2006
A familiar situation of a beloved daughter bringing her intended home to meet the folks is pushed to sublimely silly extremes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
July 28, 2006
Offers passing amusements, for sure, but the gap between its brilliant potential and its final execution is frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 21, 2006
A Spanish comedy that isn't quite as frenzied or farcical as its husband-and-wife writer-director team clearly intended it to be.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 11, 2006
Amiable, and occasionally even insightful, but also sometimes just silly and at others a trifle tasteless...a mixed bag that, unhappily, doesn't deliver quite enough.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 7, 2006
It lets frantic get so far ahead of funny, the latter gets lost in the dust.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
July 7, 2006
Mines the comic possibilities of the classic setup of introducing the fiancÚ to the family, with results that are playful, charming and surprisingly thoughtful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
July 7, 2006
There are many amusing moments in Only Human; the film is never dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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