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How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer Reviews

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Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
October 18, 2008
Stylistically, the film takes risks before veering into an odd sort of studied artiness.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Harvey
October 18, 2008
While there are rewards to sticking with this tempest-in-teapot saga of sexual awakening across three family generations of Mexican-American women, its pacing is leisurely to the brink of stasis.
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Bob Baker
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2008
Another victory for a first-time, full-length feature filmmaker with a curious, inventive eye and an unsparing point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stan Hall
August 1, 2008
Pena has a great role and delivers her best performance since Lone Star in 1996.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
July 24, 2008
Riedel reveals herself to be a novice filmmaker, especially in the pacing of most scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 26, 2008
A lovingly crafted portrait of a kind of life not often seen on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 13, 2008
Like Blanca and her friends, walking languidly down the street, then spontaneousy grabbing a shopping cart for a ride, Reidel plays with the rhythm of her enjoyably unhurried tale.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Ethan Alter
Giant Magazine
May 21, 2008
Although the story is overly familiar, Riedel's evocation of small-town life rings true.
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
May 20, 2008
This is a movie with wonderful, strong performances from three very talented women.
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David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
May 20, 2008
It's a smart little film, although there are some odd cinematographic moments --- curious, at best. And at two hours plus, the movie runs at least 20 minutes too long.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 19, 2008
Leisurely paced but lovely and touching.
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
May 17, 2008
If your taste is for movies off the beaten path, run out and see this one before it disappears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
May 16, 2008
A tenderly spun tale of female sexual desire traversing three generations of Latina women north of the border, the movie is crafted glowingly from a woman's point of view, and with supreme sensitivity, dignity, warmth, sadness and humor.
Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
May 16, 2008
With the Garcia Girls, Riedel will take the right audiences someplace this summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 16, 2008
Riedel's film is a breakthrough achievement and a hopeful sign of more to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 16, 2008
The film is sensitively told and appealingly bittersweet, though the story at times meanders and loses its way.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
May 16, 2008
Garcia Riedel is affectionate toward her characters to a fault - cameras linger as they walk down the street or make other prosaic moves, dragging the already sluggish story's pacing even more -- but she does get some lovely behavior out of each actress.
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Joe Leydon
Houston Chronicle
May 16, 2008
With equal measures of discretion and honesty, Riedel directly addresses the sensuality of all three women, achieving an almost startling sense of intimacy in scenes that range from mesmerizingly intense and gently comical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 16, 2008
Writer-director Georgina Garcia Riedel makes inventive use of the wide-screen format in this gentle, poetic 2005 comedy.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 16, 2008
Ms. Reidel also deserves credit for depicting the possibility of finding love at all ages, something that larger and more mainstream movies so often shy away from showing.
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