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Spanglish Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 30, 2011
Spanglish is a heartfelt, funny, sad, human story about what people want and what they should do; about culture's colliding and maintaining their individuality; and about what parents do for their children.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Mixed messages wrapped in stale stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
It's no masterpiece--I can admit--but the performances won me over in the end...
Anna Smith
Film4
May 29, 2008
There's a distinct lack of chemistry here and a strong whiff of moral sermonizing that undermines the romantic impact.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
There are signs that a lot has been cut, and in trimming his film Brooks may have squeezed too tight: his movie needs breathing space.
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
March 30, 2007
The film racks up points for stressing in eloquent ways the importance of one's own roots, even when dwarfed or demeaned by the lure of the dominant, more affluent culture.
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Mary Lasse
Christianity Today
October 11, 2006
While the content isn't always pretty, the lessons are important. And, Brooks, thankfully, isn't afraid to face these themes, ugliness and all.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
A satisfying and grown-up flick that boasts all of James L. Brooksâ(TM) strengths.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
This is Hollywood liberal humanism as muted join-the-dots melodrama, all carefully calculated colouring, broad outlines, and no room for fruitful digression.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 12, 2005
Phony bourgeois film.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 26, 2005
Vega radiates effortless strength and charm in her first Hollywood role, and Sandler proves to be a gratifyingly unpredictable leading man, self-effacing one moment and hilariously emphatic the other.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
July 29, 2005
Much as Spanglish makes their mutual attraction look magically real and charming, the prospect of John and Flor's romance remains alarming, and not just for the questions it raises about sleeping with the help.
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
April 18, 2005
Some great lines, some great performances, some very very interesting relational topics, but un-quenching, seldom moving and simply not funny enough to be a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
April 15, 2005
A worthy follow-up to [Director James L.] Brooks' 1997 success, As Good as it Gets.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 13, 2005
Brooks struggles to define Spanglish, garbling the storylines in an unfocused film that only skims the surface in its two hours plus running time.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Juergens
Freeze Dried Movies
April 1, 2005
Meandering, redundant, and shapeless - one gets the feeling that with discipline and focus, a good film could easily have been carved out of all this earnesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeannette Catsoulis
Las Vegas Mercury
March 22, 2005
'Brooks' preference is clear: wise Mexican earth mother trumps competitive American neurotic every time.'
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
March 16, 2005
As ótimas atuações contribuem para que a primeira metade funcione como um bom estudo de personagens; é aí que o melodrama toma conta da história e enfraquece este longo filme.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
There are four or five different movies going on in Spanglish, and director James L. Brooks, unfortunately, doesn't tell any of them well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 1, 2005
Brooks' script moves through potentially melodramatic scenarios with insight and bright humour.
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