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Princesas (Princesses) Reviews

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Kim Voynar

The film is bookended by remarkably astute and soul-deep performances from both Peña and Nevárez, who adeptly reveal the many facets of their characters ...

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 24, 2006
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Two prostitutes in Madrid struggle to survive and keep their dreams of a better life alive.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

August 24, 2006
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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The way that Aranoa so clearly venerates his lively women feels Almodóvar-esque, but the movie aims most of all to suggest that hookerdom is hell -- and it's neither realistic nor unsentimental enough to pull that off.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

August 23, 2006
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Works best as a soberly witty commentary on the workplace.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 23, 2006
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Princesas starts as a serious examination of the two women's lives, but it descends into a mushy melodrama complete with schmaltzy music and dewy cinematography.

| Original Score: 2/4

August 23, 2006
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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This maudlin melodrama about prostitutes in Madrid is not, alas, the new film by Pedro Almódovar, but a dilution of his manner by the writer-director Fernando León de Aranoa.

| Original Score: 2/5

August 22, 2006
Melissa Levine
Village Voice
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De Aranoa never condescends to his subjects, and Caye's mixture of aggression and tenderness is appealingly authentic. Could this be the first film to use a cell phone ringtone to devastating emotional effect?

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 22, 2006
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Even though a somewhat lesser work than his 'Mondays in the Sun,' Fernando León de Aranoa's 'Princesas' should impress a wider audience.

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August 21, 2006
Harvey S. Karten

Leon shows us that hookers are neither bimbos nor machines, but human beings with needs like those in more respectable-- but less important-professions.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B

August 16, 2006
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Another depiction of flesh trade hardships told with a mixture of somewhat disingenuously restrained grittiness, bittersweet pathos, and little of the depth that might help it stand out from the increasingly crowded prostitution-cinema pack.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 11, 2006
Michael Ferraro
Film Threat

Writer/director Fernando Leon de Aranoa understands exactly when to conclude, without overstaying its welcome, nor does he make an attempt for melodramatics.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

January 24, 2006

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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May 12, 2007
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 6, 2007
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
December 30, 2006

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 1, 2006
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