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American Adobo Reviews

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February 3, 2002
I'm not sure which is worse: the poor acting by the ensemble cast, the flat dialogue by Vincent R. Nebrida or the gutless direction by Laurice Guillen.
February 8, 2002
Tries to add some spice to its quirky sentiments but the taste is all too familiar.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/5
January 24, 2002
When not wallowing in its characters' frustrations, the movie is busy contriving false, sitcom-worthy solutions to their problems.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
October 21, 2002
A sophomoric exploration of 'life problems' most people solved long ago -- or at least got tired of hearing people kvetch about.
January 25, 2002
Marinated in clichés and mawkish dialogue.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 8, 2002
What a pity ... that the material is so second-rate.
January 24, 2002
Though clearly well-intentioned, this cross-cultural soap opera is painfully formulaic and stilted.
February 1, 2002
Stiff and schmaltzy and clumsily directed.
February 6, 2002
A big meal of cliches that the talented cast generally chokes on.
February 8, 2002
It sticks rigidly to the paradigm, rarely permitting its characters more than two obvious dimensions and repeatedly placing them in contrived, well-worn situations.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 22, 2002
Mushes the college-friends genre (The Big Chill) together with the contrivances and overwrought emotion of soap operas.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 12, 2002
The script by Vincent R. Nebrida ... tries to cram too many ingredients into one small pot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 14, 2002
While American Adobo has its heart (and its palate) in the right place, its brain is a little scattered -- ditsy, even.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 3, 2002
Guillen rarely gets beneath the surface of things. She lists ingredients, but never mixes and stirs.
January 25, 2002
Too much clunky dialog in mawkish situations dissolve this flick into shrill histrionics.
June 15, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 24, 2002
Although melodramatic and predictable, this romantic comedy explores the friendship between five Filipino-Americans and their frantic efforts to find love.
January 25, 2002
Really is a pan-American movie, with moments of genuine insight into the urban heart.
January 9, 2002
Even Tere's final schizoid moment can't dilute the hopefulness of Guillen's bittersweet saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 22, 2002
In Adobo, ethnicity is not just the spice, but at the heart of more universal concerns.
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