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A Day Without a Mexican Reviews

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April 29, 2009
Feels scattered, and inept, and takes a golden opportunity slamming it into the floor.
April 4, 2005
'Tiene la honestidad de ser una divertida y, por momentos compleja, denuncia de los maltratos y desprecio a los que son sometidos nuestros compatriotas en el extranjero'
| Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2004
For the first hour director Arau ... and his co-writer and wife, actress Arizmendi, negotiate the story's tricky mix of comedy, social satire and science fiction with surprising aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 17, 2004
As many times you consider A Day Without a Mexican a crude and underdeveloped parody, there are moments that it vindicates itself with on-the-money situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 16, 2004
The movie in its extended version is frequently muddled, emotionally messy, a little heavy-handed and misses the real opportunity presented by the new format.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 27, 2004
Charming if amateurish farce of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 26, 2004
By the film's end, we're more beleaguered than enlightened.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 9, 2004
A cheap-looking, one-joke movie that can't get any laughs even in its first telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 4, 2004
The tone is often that of a preachy after-school special, down to the instructional messages that regularly flash across the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 3, 2004
Arau has expanded his satirical short from 1998 into one joke that he solemnly beats to death for 100 minutes.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 25, 2004
A promising premise without a successful follow-through...vacillates between preachy tract and bland comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 22, 2004
An ambitious, hit-and-miss social satire that doesn't score as many direct hits as it should. But it lands enough punches to get its point across.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 19, 2004
Ultimately loses something in the translation from 28 minutes to 97.
May 18, 2004
The film suffers from low-budget-and-looks-it production values and some ridiculous aspects of the plot, even for a fantasy like this.
May 15, 2004
This Day not only lacks Mexicans but also good acting, sharp storytelling and humor.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 14, 2004
In tripling the original length, the film's delightfully pointed mockumentary aspects are combined with a pallid chain of sketched-in characters reacting to events.
May 14, 2004
A film content to let some mild comedy carry its straightforward message rather than trying to say something more profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 14, 2004
A terrific premise is mangled to a pulp, then beaten to death in this forced mockumentary.
May 14, 2004
While it might have been better, we're definitely better off for having A Day Without a Mexican around.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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