Sin noticias de Dios (Don't Tempt Me) (2003)



Critic Consensus: More Hellish than it is Heavenly, Agustín Díaz Yanes' black comedy about the Earthly duel between two angels doesn't have enough genuine laughs to support its far-fetched premise.

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Two of Spain's biggest female stars headline this offbeat comedy about the battle of wills between good and evil. Heaven is not getting its fair share of business for the afterlife, so Lola (Victoria Abril), an angel who sings in a nightclub located beyond the pearly gates, is sent to Earth to drum up business by her boss, Marina (Fanny Ardant). Her first prospect is Manny (Demián Bichir), a prizefighter with an injury that could take his life at any time. As Lola tries to claim Manny's soul for the Lord, the wicked Jack Davenport (Gael García Bernal) believes that the Devil deserves the boxer's soul, and he sends one of Hell's waitresses, Carmen (Penélope Cruz), to seal the deal. On Earth, Lola takes the form of Manny's former love and urges him to mend fences with his mother, while seductive Carmen tries to persuade Manny to return to the ring, knowing that another fight would mean his death. While Lola and Carmen wage war over Manny's soul, they maintain their cover by working at a grocery store, where they both learn a few lessons about the pitfalls of earthly capitalism. Meanwhile, Manny is dealing with financial problems of his own -- he owes money to the city's corrupt police commissioner (Emilio Gutiérrez Caba), who is using his strong-arm men to "persuade" Manny to pay up. Released in Europe as Sin Noticias de Dios (which translates as No News From God), Don't Tempt Me was a box-office success in Spain when it was released in late 2001, though it wouldn't reach American theaters until 2003.
R (for language, some violence and sexual content)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Casa Nova Films

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Victoria Abril
as Lola Nevado
Penelope Cruz
as Carmen Ramos
Fanny Ardant
as Marina D'Angelo
Juan Echanove
as Supermarket Manager
Emilio Gutierrez
as Police Chief
Emilio Gutierrez Caba
as Police Chief
Cristina Marcos
as Policer Officer
Gemma Jones
as Nancy
Bruno Bichir
as Eduardo
Alicia Sanchez
as Checkout Girl
Luis Tosar
as Police Officer
Elsa Pataky
as Waitress in Hell
Ángel Alcázar
as Encargado Supermercado
Paz Gómez
as Cajera Joven
Mercedes Arbizu
as Cajera 1
Vicenta N' Dongo
as Chechout Girl
Monste G. Romeu
as Cajera Embarazada
Peter Yapp
as Hombre Infierno
Charlie Lázaro
as Policia 2, Sec.104
Javier Bardem
as Uncredited
Pilar Bardem
as Manny's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Sin noticias de Dios (Don't Tempt Me)

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (9)

It's all harmless fun, I suppose, and mercifully free of all the cant usually associated with fantasies of Heaven and Hell.

Full Review… | September 26, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

Manny is so uninteresting as a pivotal character that he's a black hole who sucks away our investment in the film.

Full Review… | September 4, 2003
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A sultry, pretty thing with a few good ideas: in other words, stuck in limbo.

August 27, 2003
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Consistently clever and inventive on a level a little below the inspired.

August 22, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

It's only sporadically entertaining.

August 21, 2003
New York Post
Top Critic

An unfocused, overplotted, painfully derivative comic fantasy.

August 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Sin noticias de Dios (Don't Tempt Me)

The relative surrealistic element of the movie is what made it interesting. The rest was ok. I like it when Cruz doesn't play the pretty girl.

Saskia D.
Saskia D.

Super Reviewer

Great movie! Penelope and Victoria are absolutely a great pair of characters. In this film, one is good, and the other supposedly bad. Despite the line of duties, the two vie for the soul of a boxer. The two realize that they are both doomed regardless of the outcome. Great cast- Victoria Abril, Penelope Cruz, Gael García Bernal, Fanny Ardant, Demian Bichir, and Elena Anaya. Definitely worthy!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer


Victoria Abril and Penelope Cruz get sent by heaven and hell respectively, to win the soul of a sad, weak woman-beating loser. Apparently heaven is a bit like black & white Paris filmset and rather empty, and hell is like a giant multi-storey prison with lots more people in it, and there's a Checkpoint Charlie between the two to separate the good from the bad, but that could all change if the wrong side wins, so beware.

Lesley N
Lesley N

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