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Princesas (Princesses) Reviews

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Cath Clarke
December 28, 2007
With not a pimp in sight, no mention of people-trafficking, and a single token drug-addict, this Spanish prostitution drama is serenely old-fashioned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Maher
Times (UK)
December 28, 2007
The film has inspirational messages about the rewards of multicultural integration, but its tacit approval of prostitution as a rewarding career choice seems a bit peculiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 28, 2007
Princesas is heartwarming and sporadically surprising, bolstered by beautifully measured performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Funnell
Time Out
December 28, 2007
Compelling, frequently funny and, commendably, resists wrapping things up sentimentally. Nice Manu Chao soundtrack, too.
Matthew Turner
December 27, 2007
Impressively directed, emotionally engaging drama with terrific performances from Candela Pena and newcomer Micaela Nevárez.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 25, 2007
Despite the difficult subject matter, there is colour and energy to the storytelling that betrays a diehard optimism and is vaguely reminiscent of Pedro Almodovar's films. Aranoa keeps a loose, fluid feel to the action and ups the tempo with music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 26, 2007
Slow moving but generally interesting...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
One of the very best films ever made about that most enduring of professions, prostitution.
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
February 9, 2007
The most engaging presentation from the perspective of an exploited, female underclass since the equally-evocative Maria, Full of Grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
November 13, 2006
Una película entrañable y conmovedora sobre la amistad y la solidaridad entre dos mujeres, con dos estupendas actrices.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
October 27, 2006
Aranoa sketches a melancholy based on accurate human observation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 7, 2006
While Princesas offers sensitive and beautifully wrought performances by its two leads (Candela Pena and Micaela Nevarez, who each won Goya Awards), the film offers little new in way of substance or theme.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 1, 2006
Writer-director Fernando León de Aranoa embraces a pair of Madrid streetwalkers with such affection and compassion that their story, even though prostitutes are a staple of the movies, actually seems fresh and distinctive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Los Angeles Daily News
September 1, 2006
Princesas rehearses 'hooker with a heart of gold' tropes and indulges Almodóvarian clichés of Spanish spunk and solidarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
August 31, 2006
Aranoa's film is a small miracle of controlled empathy.
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August 25, 2006
Fernando Leon de Aranoa confirms his Loach-like ability to convert marginalized subjects into socially committed cinema.
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John Anderson
August 25, 2006
In Princesas, [writer-director Fernando León de Aranoa] leaves too many loose ends hanging about, but his sentiments are noble.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 25, 2006
Women become prostitutes for different reasons, and the reasons driving the main characters in Spanish writer-director Fernando León de Aranoa's earnest tale of friendship couldn't be more different.
| Original Score: 3/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
August 25, 2006
This is a long film, but easy on the eyes.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 25, 2006
It's well-acted and strikingly shot, but it never quite reconciles its high-drama situations with its low-key approach.
| Original Score: C+
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