Real Women Have Curves Reviews

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Jerry Weinstein
November 21, 2002
Cardoso has done right in her precise and unsentimental direction of a screenplay based on Josefina Lopez's autobiographical play.
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 18, 2002
Real Women Have Curves makes for a refreshing mother-daughter outing that will leave you with an empowered smile, a newborn respect for all changes of life and a craving for flan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
November 15, 2002
Real Women Have Curves is nowhere near a great film, but it is the most distinctive and appealing of entertainments.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 15, 2002
A vivid cinematic portrait.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 15, 2002
You watch for that sense of openness, the little surprises.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 15, 2002
Funny and touching.
| Original Score: B
Jim Judy
Screen It!
November 14, 2002
The film feels more suited as one of those old and educational after school TV specials than as a full-length feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (
November 14, 2002
Not only does [Ferrera] have curves, but she also has big talent. Real Women is really great.
| Original Score: 4.5/5

Philadelphia Daily News
November 8, 2002
Real moments. Real women.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 8, 2002
What's most refreshing about Real Women Have Curves is its unforced comedy-drama and its relaxed, natural-seeming actors.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 8, 2002
It's anchored by splendid performances from an honored screen veteran and a sparkling newcomer who instantly transform themselves into a believable mother/daughter pair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kim Morgan
November 8, 2002
It's so filled with cliches and stiff acting that it becomes hard to find anything notable except for its subject matter.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 8, 2002
[Ferrera] has the charisma of a young woman who knows how to hold the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 8, 2002
Given its winning story line and a terrific performance by newcomer America Ferrera in the lead, Real Women Have Curves could become the next My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 7, 2002
[Ferrera and Ontiveros] are the best things about a film that relies upon our suspension of disbelief over incongruous plot points and formulaic story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 7, 2002
A real movie, about real people, that gives us a rare glimpse into a culture most of us don't know.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
November 1, 2002
Filled with vividly etched scenes of the Latina garment workers toiling away, underpaid for the overpriced Bloomingdales bound dresses they could never afford nor fit into.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 31, 2002
I'm not led down any new trails but I enjoyed the walk with "Real Women Have Curves," anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: B
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
October 30, 2002
The film is a very good viewing alternative for young women.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 27, 2002
It's a coming-of-age story we've all seen bits of in other films -- but it's rarely been told with such affecting grace and cultural specificity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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