Rudo y Cursi Reviews

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Top Critic
Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
A sharp social satire of contemporary Mexico, held together by the slapstick glue of García and Luna's country-boy antics.
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com
September 8, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
August 28, 2009
Beneath its gritty visual realism -- which feels more suited to a full-on drama -- it's a delightful shrug of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
August 24, 2009
A fun yet enlightening film that's part Mexican and all human.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 7, 2009
A cheeky viewing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
August 3, 2009
A comically relevant fairy tale about the excessive trappings of celebrity and the dangers of achieving one's goals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
July 31, 2009
Apparently it's a hit in Mexico, which shows a remarkably generous sense of humour, given that Cuaron leaves no one standing. It's a funny movie but quite brutal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
July 31, 2009
A film that can't quite choose between the light and dark possibilities it conjures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Duff
FILMINK (Australia)
July 29, 2009
First time director Carlos Cuaron successfully mixes touching comedy with biting social realism.
Brian Orndorf
Dark Horizons
July 27, 2009
Garcia and Luna share outstanding chemistry together, and provide Rudo y Cursi with a definite edge and generous spirit of bewilderment that keeps the picture engaging.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 23, 2009
Bright, fresh, well observed human drama dressed up as comedy as two brothers rise from rags to riches through their soccer talents
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
July 23, 2009
Writer director Carlos Cuarón (brother of Alfonso) has created characters that are so real you can almost hear their thoughts. Tato and Beto are filled with contradictions, faults, quirks and foibles, yet we like them and want them to succeed
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
July 3, 2009
He's helped by charismatic, pleasingly ambivalent performances by all involved, and while a later penalty sequence is needlessly prolonged, it doesn't diminish the film's cumulative effect. Serious fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Charity
Times [UK]
July 3, 2009
This is a movie enlivened by the two stars' goofy love-hate relationship, its all-pervasive cynicism and the film-maker's mischievous decision to keep his eye off the ball.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)
July 3, 2009
Lacks dramatic punch and satirical bite - it's all rather cartoonish - but it's full of great characters and moves at an energetic pace. This is a superior buddy film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Solomons
Observer [UK]
July 3, 2009
Not as obviously delightful as Y tu mamá también, Rudo y Cursi is never less than enjoyable, helped by charismatic playing between two stars constantly calling each other "pendejo" and some gorgeous camera work from Adam Kimmel.
Laura Bushell
Little White Lies
July 3, 2009
It's a tale of two humble Mexican boys filmed with rough-around-the-edges production values and lots of energy, whose appeal will stretch to footie fans who wouldn't normally park themselves in front of a subtitled film.
| Original Score: 3/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
July 3, 2009
It scores high on clichés but makes up for it with lots of fizzing energy and lively turns. Indeed it's more screwball than football.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kate Stables
Total Film
July 3, 2009
Cuarón's spirited footie fable is a game of two halves, buzzing with balls, bimbos and black comedy, but ultimately unable to bring home the trophy. Bernal gets man of the match, no contest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

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