• PG-13, 2 hr. 10 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    James L. Brooks
    In Theaters:
    Dec 17, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 5, 2005
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Spanglish Reviews

David Ansen
Newsweek
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

November 1, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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This is Hollywood liberal humanism as muted join-the-dots melodrama, all carefully calculated colouring, broad outlines, and no room for fruitful digression.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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The film gets better as it goes along ... and all the characters, including Deborah, become more interesting and appealing as we get to know them better.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 13, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

December 21, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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The film too often seems to be talking down, to its subjects and to its audience.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 21, 2004
David Edelstein
Slate
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The movie is what in Hollywood they call 'character-driven,' and it does take its sweet time. But much of that time is sweet indeed.

Full Review Source: Slate

December 21, 2004
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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Offensive because it turns liberal self-abasement into self-congratulation.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 18, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 17, 2004
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

December 17, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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The movie's funny and wicked fun.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 17, 2004
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 17, 2004
Mike Clark
USA Today
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A performer's showcase. While the pleasantly sentimental comedy doesn't bowl you over with cinematic technique, it's likely to make audiences happy.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 17, 2004
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Feels like inadvertent misogynist psychodrama.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

December 17, 2004
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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There's fun to be had if you can accept Spanglish's dubious relationship to the actual universe.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 17, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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With his unerring eye for characters, even their hidden dark corners, Brooks makes Spanglish a rich blend of humor and heartbreak.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

December 17, 2004
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A pepperpot bubbling with pungent insights and sharp wit.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

December 17, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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There is no shortage of zingers (mostly delivered by Evelyn), but the film lacks credibility.

| Original Score: 2/4

December 17, 2004
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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You're constantly aware of how oddly these people are behaving, and the artificiality spoils the illusion.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 17, 2004
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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Doesn't match Brooks' prior efforts because the characters are too broadly written.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

December 17, 2004
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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An unusually shallow and facile work for Brooks, but the writing and the performances -- other than Leoni's -- keep us at least halfway involved.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 17, 2004
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Easy to enjoy, if you're at all susceptible to this sort of thing, but it leaves you with nothing to think about, except for all the opportunities Brooks missed to make something worthwhile out of the material.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 17, 2004
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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As in most sentimental yarns, this is a flick where credible characterization is held hostage to the demands of the plot and the needs of its message.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 17, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Now here is something I thought I would never see: an intelligent movie whose most mature, thoughtful character is played by Adam Sandler.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

December 17, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Don't forgive its failures, just try to ignore them. And keep an eye out for Paz Vega. This woman is a movie star.

| Original Score: B-

December 17, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The proceedings feel slightly washed-out -- not quite a sitcom but several observations short of a rich movie experience.

| Original Score: C

December 17, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The film's deepest charms come from its ensemble's wacky chemistry and Brooks' warm appreciation of the love between parents and children.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 17, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie is not quite the sitcom the setup seems to suggest; there are some character quirks that make it intriguing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 17, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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One of the most humane works ever made about the lives of working mothers.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 17, 2004
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Deserves an audience because much of Brooks' writing is still strong and fresh.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

December 16, 2004
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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It gives us ideas to chew on, moments to laugh at and performances to admire, but, like so many current lives, it is also somewhat in disarray, not always equal to its admirable intentions and the grace of its most successful aspects.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 16, 2004
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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It's another movie about a dysfunctional family, but this one is different because they're original, lovable, forgivable and fascinating.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 16, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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[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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 16, 2004
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Spanglish's central players are like real people touched with the perfect dose of comic exaggeration.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

December 16, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

December 16, 2004
Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
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Brooks plops moms and dads and kids in the middle of a muddled message movie, losing his characters, his wit and, worst of all, his point.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

December 16, 2004
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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A desperate, shapeless, overreaching big-screen sitcom of a movie that just wants to be loved.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 16, 2004
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1/4

December 16, 2004
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A distressingly heartwarming domestic drama.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

December 16, 2004
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Spanglish isn't [Brooks'] best work, but it's infused with humor and humanity.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

December 16, 2004
Dennis Lim
Village Voice
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As pedestrian as its marital and parental conflicts may be, Spanglish utterly crumbles when it probes matters of cultural identity.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 14, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Unassuming yet effective.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

December 13, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Very well done.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

December 13, 2004
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Short on real drama and incident and long on tedium thanks to one irredeemably neurotic central character.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 9, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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No doubt about it, Brooks is solidly in charge of this feel-good fairy tale as he gets terrific performances from everyone including two super-talented child actors.

December 9, 2004
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