Instructions Not Included Reviews

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Jackie K. Cooper
October 7, 2013
Surprisingly touching father/daughter story. Humor and heart make a winning combination.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
October 2, 2013
It's not a great film, but for what it wants to do, it's a decent diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Abigail Garnett
Paste Magazine
September 26, 2013
Derbez, a sharp comedic actor with an emotive face, ably shoulders most of the film's emotional burden.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.7/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 13, 2013
Unevenly handled, slurrying emotions in a way that feels careless rather than cleverly unconventional.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
September 11, 2013
Mix of comedy and tragedy in Mexican dad-daughter tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
September 11, 2013
Overlong, overly broad and overly familiar. But not without its charms
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 6, 2013
A sloppy melange of unpersuasive melodrama, amateurish mugging, unfunny comedy and mawkish sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle
September 6, 2013
Charming and entertaining, if overlong and a bit too melodramatic, Instructions ultimately works because of the cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!
September 6, 2013
'Instructions Not Included' is definitely not light on its feet. But despite its flaws, it's effective in the end. (Full Parental Review also available)
Rick Bentley
Fresno Bee
September 5, 2013
Derbez, who also directed the film, gives the movie a strong core through his expressive face.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 5, 2013
The film's counterintuitive success is largely due to Derbez, who demonstrates why he is beloved, both south and north of the border.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Leydon
September 3, 2013
This sporadically amusing but unduly protracted dramedy devolves into a shameless tearjerker in its third act.
Todd Jorgenson
August 30, 2013
It doesn't transition smoothly between comedy and drama, and the constant mugging of Derbez becomes as tiresome as his character's lack of common sense.
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Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
August 30, 2013
There's a lot of movie here with unexpected developments, held together by the irresistible chemistry between Derbez and his adorable pint-sized co-star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Pais
August 30, 2013
Alternately and creepily plays toward young children and horny adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 29, 2013
"Instructions Not Included" is a sweet little movie that is more than it seems to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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