Spanglish Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 16, 2004
You could show it to terrorists to incite their hatred of America, that's how stupidly misguided it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 21, 2004
Brooks, fumbling around with too many characters and too many issues, can't find the heart of the story or give heart to the part of it he chose to focus on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 26, 2004
...less like an acknowledgment of the changing American demographic or an essay on the peculiar common madness of parenthood than a particularly dull-witted sitcom
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 16, 2004
What I just hate is the way Spanglish slips into phony tricks and easy laughs whenever the going gets tough, which is to say whenever the story focuses on Leoni's character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 11, 2004
Oh, those wacky white folks!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
December 19, 2004
It needs to be trimmed, toned and focused better before it is put on public display -- but since it's too late for that, it probably just needs to be disregarded.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
December 8, 2004
A neurotic wife hires a drop-dead gorgeous, Mexican housekeeper and then insists she spend 3 months in Malibu with the family. Yeah, wives do that all the time.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 17, 2004
So rancid is Brooks's fury that it's clouded his judgment, so that each of his main characters is a stereotype of the most broad-brush, malodorous nature.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 9, 2004
Short on real drama and incident and long on tedium thanks to one irredeemably neurotic central character.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2004
Sometimes Brooks's ideas are legitimate, but his way of putting them across is dishonest. Sometimes the ideas are dishonest, but his way of putting them across is legitimate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
January 24, 2005
Nobody breathes in "Spanglish"--they just exhale, scream, blather and sigh. And then they do it again. And then they do it again.
| Original Score: D
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 17, 2004
A mixed bag as a comedy, with some genuine moments of emotional power but far too many awkward and irritating scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
December 19, 2004
Every moment in Spanglish feels preordained, as if the characters themselves had read the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pablo Villaca
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 12, 2005
Phony bourgeois film.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
December 14, 2004
As pedestrian as its marital and parental conflicts may be, Spanglish utterly crumbles when it probes matters of cultural identity.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 16, 2004
As a TV sitcom veteran, Brooks knows how to fashion a button-pushing formula. But the buttons on this board are too numerous and their prodding more conspicuously annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 16, 2004
This is a deeply unpleasant movie masquerading as a heartfelt social commentary on life in these United States (or at least in the wealthy republic of Beverly Hills).
Full Review | Original Score: D
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 16, 2004
[Brooks] opts for soothing fakery and empty multicultural rhetoric to send us home feeling good about ourselves and partaking of the surplus smugness that he clearly has to spare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 27, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 17, 2004

Boston Phoenix
December 18, 2004

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December 19, 2004

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
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