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Princesas (Princesses) Reviews

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Kim Voynar
August 24, 2006
The film is bookended by remarkably astute and soul-deep performances from both Peña and Nevárez, who adeptly reveal the many facets of their characters ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 24, 2006
Two prostitutes in Madrid struggle to survive and keep their dreams of a better life alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
August 23, 2006
The way that Aranoa so clearly venerates his lively women feels Almodóvar-esque, but the movie aims most of all to suggest that hookerdom is hell -- and it's neither realistic nor unsentimental enough to pull that off.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ken Fox
TV Guide
August 23, 2006
Works best as a soberly witty commentary on the workplace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 23, 2006
Princesas starts as a serious examination of the two women's lives, but it descends into a mushy melodrama complete with schmaltzy music and dewy cinematography.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
August 22, 2006
This maudlin melodrama about prostitutes in Madrid is not, alas, the new film by Pedro Almódovar, but a dilution of his manner by the writer-director Fernando León de Aranoa.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Levine
Village Voice
August 22, 2006
De Aranoa never condescends to his subjects, and Caye's mixture of aggression and tenderness is appealingly authentic. Could this be the first film to use a cell phone ringtone to devastating emotional effect?
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 21, 2006
Even though a somewhat lesser work than his 'Mondays in the Sun,' Fernando León de Aranoa's 'Princesas' should impress a wider audience.
Harvey S. Karten
August 16, 2006
Leon shows us that hookers are neither bimbos nor machines, but human beings with needs like those in more respectable-- but less important-professions.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 11, 2006
Another depiction of flesh trade hardships told with a mixture of somewhat disingenuously restrained grittiness, bittersweet pathos, and little of the depth that might help it stand out from the increasingly crowded prostitution-cinema pack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Ferraro
Film Threat
January 24, 2006
Writer/director Fernando Leon de Aranoa understands exactly when to conclude, without overstaying its welcome, nor does he make an attempt for melodramatics.
| Original Score: 4/5
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