Reinas (Queens) Reviews

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David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
While straining credibility at times, offers some appealing scenes of quiet reflection, as well as a refreshing celebration of the ineffable allure and power of being middle-aged.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 6, 2006
The star-heavy cast, which includes such big Spanish names as Carmen Maura, Marisa Paredes and Veronica Forque, are a treat to watch even when their dialogue isn't all it could be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 5, 2006
Pedro Almodovar-flavored but quite tame.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 29, 2006
The frantic artificiality of the script rarely allows the characters to breathe. This is dinner-theater farce, featherweight and juiceless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 28, 2006
The cast is perfect, but the script is like a low ceiling, keeping a lid on what should have been a confluence of riotous misadventures.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
September 23, 2006
Manuel Gómez Pereira's frantic direction is nonstop and the exhaustion of excess will get to you.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 22, 2006
It feels like [Pereira] just plucked the men themselves from atop a wedding cake and stuck them in his movie, where for the most part they stand decoratively around and watch the women make suds from all this soap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
September 15, 2006
With what amounts to 20 characters crossing paths, Pereira's job description might seem more traffic cop than director, but he rises to the challenge and adds style and splashy color to boot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
September 8, 2006
Spanish director Manuel Gomez Pereira certainly draws inspiration from his compatriot Pedro Almodovar -- several of the actresses are even Pedro alums -- but the film falls short of Almodovar's usual depth and complexity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
September 7, 2006
Unfortunately for director and co-writer Manuel Gomez Pereira, all the energy in the world isn't enough to compensate for the superfluous plot lines and outrageous overacting that weigh down this bit of warm-hearted Spanish fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 7, 2006
We may be deep in Telemundo territory, but that doesn't diminish the glow-in-the-dark charisma of these impressive ladies.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 1, 2006
Pereira goes in for lots of time shifts and split screens, piling on the contrivances like so many costume baubles when a single string of pearls would do.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
August 25, 2006
An ungainly, broadly played comedy.
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Melissa Levine
Village Voice
August 25, 2006
With five overbearing mothers and six overshadowed gay sons, this Spanish meet-the-parents ensemble farce aims for Almodóvar but falls far short.
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August 25, 2006
Queens is distinguished from a hundred other slick screwballers only by virtue of its theme -- the first mass gay wedding in Spain. Otherwise, it's middle-of-the-road formula fare all the way.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 25, 2006
A dithering but generous Spanish farce, Queens follows the coming nuptials of three gay couples by focusing on their overbearing mothers.
| Original Score: 2/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 25, 2006
For all its contrivances, the film is cheerfully rude and surprisingly generous to the mothers, most of whom find sizzling new romances at an age when their American counterparts are reduced to sexless dithering or played as humiliating punch lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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August 25, 2006
[A] frothy, occasionally charming romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 25, 2006
There's potential here, but the script is entirely too, shall we say, Hollywood. There's even a dog-poop joke.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
August 25, 2006
The movie has no higher ambition than to please a crowd; the fact that it easily does is proof of the world's heartening capacity for change.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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