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Quinceañera (Echo Park, L.A.) (2006)

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86

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 95
Fresh: 82 | Rotten: 13

This slice-of-life story of a teenage girl in Echo Park is both a sweet crowd-pleaser and a perceptive look at socioeconomic community issues.

86

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 5

This slice-of-life story of a teenage girl in Echo Park is both a sweet crowd-pleaser and a perceptive look at socioeconomic community issues.

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Magdalena is the daughter of a Mexican-American family that runs a storefront church in Echo Park, Los Angeles. With her 15th birthday approaching, all she can think about is her boyfriend, her Quinceañera dress, and the Hummer Limo she hopes will carry her on her special day. But, a few months before the celebration, Magdalena falls pregnant. As the elaborate preparations for her Quinceañera proceed, it is only a matter of time before her religious father finds out and rejects her. Forced out

Jan 9, 2007

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Touching, charming and very engagingly played, it offers perceptive insights into LA Latino culture as well as solid, slightly old-fashioned entertainment.

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The setting and the people in it make Quinceanera a party worth an RSVP.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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It feels awkward, both in the pat screenplay and the uneven direction.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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You realize that, while pretending to break ground, Quinceañera is ultimately stuck in familiar Hollywood formulas.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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[Has]courage to look realistically, instead of idealistically, at some dubious civic practices; and second, honesty about the painful feelings of kids coupled with their desperate need for love and guidance and their ultimate desire to do the right thing.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Sweet, formulaic and forgettable.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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This celebrated Sundance prizewinner doesn't look quite so special. Actually, it seems Very Special--as in one of those Very Special Episodes of an ongoing television series.

August 25, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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The writing is not always as developed as one would wish it, but this seems almost paltry in light of the dramatic truth and rivetingly real performances which are elicited.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This is a satisfying, spicy little picture.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

(the writer-directors) fill their story with well-observed contrasts... Although 'Quinceanera' is full of distinctly Hispanic sounds and flavors, its themes of tolerance and understanding should apply to any culture.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

The film is filled with heart and good humor, but there is a bit of edge to it as well.

November 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Lovely and lovable.

November 11, 2006 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

The underwhelming drama contains echoes of so many other indie flicks that anything original is all but drowned out.

November 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Though it doesn't ride quite as smoothly as that Hummer limo Magdalena fantasizes over, the film succeeds as a heartfelt slice-of-life examining a culture too often ignored in film.

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Emily Rios is terrific as Magdalena, brilliantly capturing both her character's confusion and her determination to get on with her life.

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

The film is so appealing and so human (at least when it keeps its focus) that it's hard to resist its charms.

September 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An unexpected self-portrait from a town that loves to tell stories about itself, often to the exclusion of the countless equally deserving dramas unfolding just a few blocks away.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

The storytelling remains less than satisfying, particularly the ending.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

Principals Emily Rios, Jesse Garcia and Chalo Gonzalez bring affecting authenticity to this tale of finding's one place.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Full of acute observations about the social changes and economic divisions that are present not just within the neighborhood but the cousins' own families.

September 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

A moving tale about family, friendship, and those extravagant teenage parties that somehow never make anyone feel like Cinderella.

September 14, 2006 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Should be required viewing for the creator of 'Mallard Fillmore' and others who believe bilingualism is somehow a threat to U.S. security.

September 8, 2006
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The film is serious and thoughtful but not overwrought.

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Quinceañera is an engrossing look at modern Mexican-American life in Los Angeles, as well as universal family themes, and buoyed by superb acting, especially from Rios, Garcia and a particularly beatific Gonzalez.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Quinceañera (Echo Park, L.A.)

I like the plot but it was lacking something.
February 6, 2011
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erika bruhns

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Impressive acting all round, the story?s focus is on being an outsider within a community and is a pretty original idea, however my advice would be not to read the synopsis before watching, as it is a bit of a story spoiler.

This is certainly not a movie made for teens, it will be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys realistic Drama.
November 28, 2008
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

This movie was a lot more serious than i was expecting. Every minute is entertaining and full of heart. It was refreshing to see a gay latino thug on film handled so well. The ending is a little abrupt, but it makes sense. I love Mexicans!
May 21, 2007
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Joey Nevarez

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