Life and Nothing More (La Vida y Nada Más) Reviews

January 19, 2019
In his vivid depiction of the characters' daily lives, which slowly becomes immersive in spite of the detached camerawork, Méndez Esparza invites us to share in their perspective.
January 18, 2019
Because Esparza's a dramatist, not a melodramatist, the experience of watching "Life and Nothing More" becomes truth, and nothing less.
Top Critic
October 26, 2018
Unsweetened by any score and unwilling to supply an emotional payoff, the film sometimes plays more like anthropology than cinema.
October 26, 2018
One of the year's most essential films.
October 24, 2018
Persistence is the name of the game, and Esparza's steadfast cast of first-time actors seems to know it in their bones. There isn't a false note between them.
October 24, 2018
The movie works by stringing together many small observations to develop a portrait more quiet and revealing than many overwrought films that strain to address hot-button issues.
October 23, 2018
It's a vital, singularly crafted film that simply tells it... like it is through the eyes of a struggling African American single mother and the adolescent son she desperately wants to keep out of trouble against the mounting odds.
October 23, 2018
A slow accumulation of closely observed moments... that add up to something much more nuanced, a portrait of lives that can't be reduced to statistics.
October 22, 2018
Wants to be a window where no part is unsmudged or unnecessarily ornamented, and the view is remarkable for showing what you rarely see in two movie hours: a respect for the naturally compelling immediacy of the everyday struggle.
February 8, 2018
[Antonio Mendez] Esparza has done terrific work with his cast of non-pros, and several exchanges - particularly those between Regina and Robert - drip with an engaging realism that can only have been the result of guided improvisation.
September 13, 2017
The first half is long, languid takes of their cramped apartment, with minimal dialogue. In the second, things speed up, but the abrupt shift from a snail's pace to a flurry of happenings, is jarring.