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Mondays in the Sun (Los Lunes al sol) Reviews

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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
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 10, 2003
It has nice little touches, and some solid performances, but in the end nothing is accomplished. It is as though the film itself is unemployed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
July 28, 2003
As boring as a trip across Kansas on a Greyhound bus.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
July 22, 2003
Perhaps too toothless for its subject.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 5, 2003
Midway, Mondays in the Sun becomes as dull as a day with nothing to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com
July 6, 2003
The popcorn out in the lobby would seem a more compelling attraction
| Original Score: 3/5
May 14, 2003
It's a bit of a challenge to watch, but Javier Bardem fans will want to check it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
July 24, 2003
Mondays in the Sun has come to illustrate just how hard it is to do what Ken Loach and Laurent Cantet make seem so effortless.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
July 25, 2003
Mondays in the Sun is heartfelt and true and as tedious as a movie about chronic unemployment can be.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 25, 2003
Though buoyed by excellent, unflinching performances, this melancholy drama reflects the dismally monotonous lives of its subjects just a little too well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 30, 2003
While there's a certain poetic symmetry to a lethargic film about lethargy, it doesn't make for a terribly edifying viewing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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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
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
March 10, 2003
Throughout, Bardem ... is a potent presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 25, 2003
Seems born not of contrivance but genuine, hurtful truth
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 12, 2003
What keeps us involved in this perceptive film is the beautiful acting of its cast ... and the way the movie balances grim reality with bits of fancy that feel oddly perfect.
| Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 23, 2003
Aranoa's storytelling is full of fire and nuance, and his striking, heartbreaking, mutedly hopeful film exhibits the spirit of its Italian neo-realist predecessors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 15, 2003
It's a long and relatively underdramatized film, but it's powerfully true.
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
December 31, 2003
Bottom feeder, out of work adventurers busying themselves with basically anything that will keep the terror of an abyss called the future at bay.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
September 5, 2003
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
August 3, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
August 30, 2003
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November 4, 2003

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