| Original Score: 2/4
A quaint piece of guilt-assuaging, poorly scripted after-school special 'infotainment' elevated by the star-making presence of young America Ferrera.
| Original Score: C-
PC stability notwithstanding, the film suffers from a simplistic narrative and a pat, fairy-tale conclusion.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
One is encouraged to root for these lovely people to do well, which is about all the dramatic tension that this pic can garner.
They do a good job of painting this family dynamic for the audience but they tried to squeeze too many elements into the film.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Real movies have characters, but not Real Women Have Curves, a fiasco of dopey characters and clumsy script.
| Original Score: 1/4
The film feels more suited as one of those old and educational after school TV specials than as a full-length feature.
| Original Score: 5/10
A well intentioned, fat liberation movie that is grounded in clichés and has after-school TV special written all over it.
The film stakes out a self-affirming Atkins-free zone that seems unobjectionable in theory, but its speechifying tendencies and familiar familial tensions overwhelm the more delicate scenes.
The film is hampered by its predictable plot and paper-thin supporting characters.
The story is predictable in the extreme -- earnest to a fault and not leavened with enough true human eccentricity or humor.
It's so filled with cliches and stiff acting that it becomes hard to find anything notable except for its subject matter.
It's so underwritten that you can't figure out just where the other characters, including Ana's father and grandfather, come down on the issue of Ana's future.
| Original Score: 3/5
| Original Score: 2/5
Enormously entertaining for moviegoers of any age.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Ana is a vivid, vibrant individual and the movie's focus upon her makes it successful and accessible.
| Original Score: 3/4
What enlivens this film, beyond the astute direction of Cardoso and beautifully detailed performances by all of the actors, is a note of defiance over social dictates.
Just about everything in this movie rings true.
I'm not a fan of the phrase 'life affirming' because it usually means 'schmaltzy,' but Real Women Have Curves truly is life affirming.
| Original Score: B+
Mature and self-confident, Ana rejects such traditional notions of a woman's worth.