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½ January 28, 2014
Real, tense, powerful and moving. The story of a father that will go to the furthest place on Earth, do the impossible and willing to take all risks for a better life.
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January 22, 2014
Chris Weitz, stay the hell out of Mexico, you stereotypical, melodramatic and overtly sentimental imbécil!!

January 19, 2014
Esta buena la peli,aunque te deja sensacion de que son esas historias,que no terminan.
½ January 8, 2014
First and foremost, Bichir destroyed this role. Amazing performance. Serious subject matter, that manages to stay light enough to be easy to watch.

The film isn't groundbreaking, but it feels fresh. There are some cliches, but movie steers around them.
January 7, 2014
Great movie, very touching. So very true of what a parent would do for his kid.
½ January 6, 2014
Under your skin personalized storey about illegal immigration and a father son relationship.
½ December 9, 2013
So moving to see a father fight to give his son a better life. It helps you to appreciate life and the blessings you have in this country.
½ December 2, 2013
This review will be approached unconventionally, in that instead of introducing the plot and rating the actors, a particular scene in the movie clarifies the films synopsis. The scene where Carlos Galindo (played by Demian Bichir) talked with his son Luis (played by Jose Julian) in the visitor room of an immigration detention center. Carlos answered his sons question regarding the reason he brought him in to this world; a question legitimized as Luis has only experience hard ship, gang affiliation, poverty and a broken family. This story is about the pursuit of the American dream and the heart, will, and sacrifice to reach (or at least attempt) that dream. In the case of Carlos Galindo, his dream encompassed an opportunity for his son Luis to experience a life without struggle, a life of meaning and dignity. Carlos had his son to have a reason to live.
December 2, 2013
Great film. Not earth-shattering but very honest and thoughtful.
½ November 8, 2013
A telling look at the illegal immigrant situation. Humanizing the issue by following a hard-working, loving, and American loving Mexican father and his young teenage son A Better Life unfolds in front of viewers showing the issue isn't just "vatos" trafficking drugs into the country and ruining neighborhoods with their gang propaganda but that god fearing hard-working families are also extremely effected by stringent and unreasonable laws. The acting is superb all around and the direction top notch. A story for anyone on any side of the issue.
October 13, 2013
Great film that was sadly overlooked in 2011.
September 14, 2013
One of the rare films where you can anticipate every turn of the story but it doesn't matter because the central characters are so real, the performances so strong, and the problem they face (namely, the great cost of the American Dream) so real and so heartbreaking.
September 13, 2013
A run-of-the-mill, yet heartwarming, script is elevated by Demian Bichir's superb acting.
September 12, 2013
Doesn't offer up anything too memorable, though Demian Bichir gives the performance of his career.
September 2, 2013
Iam mexican so i liked it very real emotional and sweet also very well made
½ September 2, 2013
A good father-son story.
½ August 25, 2013
A well made film that looks at the American Dream from the bottom in today's world. Bichir gives a very good and realistic performance as an illegal immigrant single father raising a teenage boy in L.A. and struggling every day to make ends meet. It's a solid story with solid filmmaking craft throughout. It's by no means a flashy or artistic film, but it serves its simple story well.
½ August 4, 2013
Estupendo drama de inmigrantes;al frente un Demian Bichir mejor que nunca.
½ July 17, 2013
An undocumented worker (Demian Bichir) buys his boss's truck and landscaping business, only to have it stolen by another undocumented worker. What follows is an infinitely interesting character study of how one treats his fellow man (and generation) in spite of everything that has happened to him, all while trying to give his son the titular better life.

Jean Dujardin may have won the Best Actor Oscar over Bichir, but Bichir's nuanced performance was just as deserving.
½ July 1, 2013
An involving story about illegal immigrants' pursuit of American Dream. The tranquil development didn't shed less light on the exploration of mankind. The tear-jerking part illustrates how great fatherly love could ever be. Excellent performance from Demian Bichir.
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