Princesas (Princesses) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Princesas (Princesses) Reviews

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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.
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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
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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
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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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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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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?