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A Day Without a Mexican Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
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
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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
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Achy Obejas
Chicago Tribune
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
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
August 27, 2004
Charming if amateurish farce of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 26, 2004
By the film's end, we're more beleaguered than enlightened.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
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
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John McMurtrie
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 25, 2004
A promising premise without a successful follow-through...vacillates between preachy tract and bland comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 19, 2004
Ultimately loses something in the translation from 28 minutes to 97.
Annlee Ellingson
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.

E! Online
May 15, 2004
This Day not only lacks Mexicans but also good acting, sharp storytelling and humor.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Robert Koehler
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.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 14, 2004
A terrific premise is mangled to a pulp, then beaten to death in this forced mockumentary.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
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
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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