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Bella (Beauty) Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
October 1, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
May 19, 2008
Bella is without doubt one of the least apologetic blendings of heartfelt intentions, cinematic manipulation, and ultra sentimentality that I have seen in some time.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
April 11, 2008
This is not a weepy, but a story about healing, forgiveness and redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
April 11, 2008
Bella is mostly harmless, feel-good fare, and not unlike a TV movie of the week in depth. And you could take your old granny with you to see it, without fear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
February 28, 2008
Bella is an irrefutably effortless and heartwarming film, another indie gem with a deep soul and a beautiful message.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Urban Cinefile
February 14, 2008
Bella is a gentle film with a big heart.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 17, 2007
An inspirational ethnic soap opera story about two damaged sensitive souls coming together in a stressed-out New York City.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Beverly Berning
November 14, 2007
Bella is a (...) parable of remorse and redemption, a tale of two damaged souls who end up helping each other find release from their tragic pasts.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
November 13, 2007
Tender and intelligent, "Bella" simply shines as one of the finest movies of 2007.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 9, 2007
Rarely are crowd-pleasers so effortlessly artful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mack Bates
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 9, 2007
This is, first and foremost, an actors' showcase, and the entire ensemble delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 9, 2007
Alejandro Gomez Monteverde's first feature may have more heart than head, but it's also just as interesting for what it leaves out of its romantic story as for what it retains.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
November 9, 2007's a movie that touches the heart, even if it has its narrative problems.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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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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
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
May 6, 2010

Sydney Morning Herald
February 15, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 27, 2007
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