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Bella (Beauty) Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 9, 2007
Bella expends so much effort hiding its agenda that it doesn't have time to give us a story until the very end.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
November 9, 2007
...it's a movie that touches the heart, even if it has its narrative problems.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
November 9, 2007
While Alejandro Gomez Monteverde's film has its heart in the right place, its effectiveness is ultimately hampered by its awkward and maudlin execution.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 7, 2007
[A] defiantly unsubtle, structurally clunky specimen.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
October 30, 2007
'Bella' is a good beginning for Monteverde. He exhibits the making of an excellent director. This film is not quite there yet, but it's close.
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David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
October 30, 2007
The movie works because we care about all the characters, especially with writing that rings true, not maudlin.
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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 26, 2007
An inspirational drama about a loving and compassionate man who gives a troubled and lonely woman a new lease on life with a selfless act of kindness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 26, 2007
Bella is a movie that wears its bleeding heart on its sleeve and loves its characters to distraction.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide
October 26, 2007
The film never takes direct issue with a woman's right to choose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 26, 2007
A tearjerker that earns its sobs with heartfelt emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 26, 2007
Cynics need not apply, but I found Bella a real heart tugger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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New York Magazine/Vulture
October 26, 2007
The film creates characters who are so relentlessly thoughtful and attractive that it's hard to worry about their problems, even at the outset.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 26, 2007
An engaging failure, an inversion of some New York movie clichés, a sweet if incomplete movie about love with the proper stranger in the city that never sleeps.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 26, 2007
Bella, insubstantial and trite, is as forgettable as a movie can be.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
October 26, 2007
Crudely made tear-jerker.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
October 26, 2007
A little too safe and tentative.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 26, 2007
Writer-director Alejandro Gómez Monteverde brings to his feature debut a warmth and charity that offsets some of the script's more obvious devices.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 26, 2007
A barely disguised anti-abortion tract, Bella is simple-minded, heavy-handed and as subtle as a gorilla in a tutu.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 26, 2007
Confessional moments and life lessons pop up around every corner as the movie swaps reality for old-fashioned melodrama. The movie defies logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Goldstein
Baltimore Sun
October 26, 2007
A sweet, life-affirming picture, but it's just not authentic or captivating enough to justify its wildly concocted scenario.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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