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Mondays in the Sun (Los Lunes al sol) Reviews

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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 22, 2003
Thoughtful and well-acted, but a little flat in the story department.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 21, 2003
Despite overstaying its welcome a wee bit, remains an anthem of insurrection, melding its political and humanistic truths into an almost dreamily subversive film tinged with humor and some small hope.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
August 19, 2003
Bardem proves once again, as he has in movies' past that he is one of the most talented actors that can be called upon time and time again in the Spanish film world...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 15, 2003
It's a long and relatively underdramatized film, but it's powerfully true.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 15, 2003
To the patient viewer, the rewards are many, especially Bardem's performance.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
August 15, 2003
Alive with humanity and wit.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
August 8, 2003
It's a grown-up movie about some harsh facts of life.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 8, 2003
Much like the lives it depicts, Mondays in the Sun is repetitious, uneventful and, in the end, dull.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 8, 2003
It is intensely involving at the outset, but it faces an insoluble problem: The story, like the characters, has no place to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 8, 2003
[De Aranoa is] a gentle, realist social worker, and the well-acted movie he's made to showcase his humanism is incredibly moving.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 7, 2003
A quintessentially European, methodically paced and intelligent slice of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
August 7, 2003
Bardem gives what might have been too slow and plodding a movie its heart and its humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
August 6, 2003
Neorealism it ain't, but if you have a sufficiently long attention span, there are moments of laugh-out-loud absurdity
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 6, 2003
Mondays in the Sun is prodigiously uneventful, though its heart is in the right place. It would be easier to dismiss if it weren't.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 6, 2003
Pulses with the star power of the extraordinary Javier Bardem.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
August 5, 2003
A good enough film ... but its one-note tone, like unemployment itself, begins to wear after a while.
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
August 2, 2003
A brilliantly naturalistic look at men on the fringes of society.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
August 1, 2003
Thick with powerful, understated, deeply empathetic performances -- and it needs them. It's hard to feel sorry for a bunch of welfare cases who sit around drinking and barely even trying to find new jobs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 1, 2003
A true, fine and involvingly human piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
July 31, 2003
Shot in lustrous, muted color with a sure sensitivity to emotional states and mood swings, it's an elegy on wasted time and waning energies.
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