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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
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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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+
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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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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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.

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
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
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
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.
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
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
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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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 26, 2007
Slow moving but generally interesting...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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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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