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Princesas (Princesses) Reviews

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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
ViewLondon
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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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
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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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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
Kim Voynar
Cinematical
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
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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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.
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