Quinceañera Reviews

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June 6, 2019
A quiet joy of a film - a rare gem.
March 1, 2007
The writing is not always as developed as one would wish it, but this seems almost paltry in light of the dramatic truth and rivetingly real performances which are elicited.
December 30, 2006
This is a satisfying, spicy little picture.
December 1, 2006
(the writer-directors) fill their story with well-observed contrasts... Although 'Quinceanera' is full of distinctly Hispanic sounds and flavors, its themes of tolerance and understanding should apply to any culture.
November 15, 2006
The film is filled with heart and good humor, but there is a bit of edge to it as well.
November 11, 2006
Lovely and lovable.
September 28, 2006
Though it doesn't ride quite as smoothly as that Hummer limo Magdalena fantasizes over, the film succeeds as a heartfelt slice-of-life examining a culture too often ignored in film.
September 28, 2006
Touching, charming and very engagingly played, it offers perceptive insights into LA Latino culture as well as solid, slightly old-fashioned entertainment.
September 28, 2006
Emily Rios is terrific as Magdalena, brilliantly capturing both her character's confusion and her determination to get on with her life.
September 27, 2006
The film is so appealing and so human (at least when it keeps its focus) that it's hard to resist its charms.
September 23, 2006
An unexpected self-portrait from a town that loves to tell stories about itself, often to the exclusion of the countless equally deserving dramas unfolding just a few blocks away.
September 15, 2006
The setting and the people in it make Quinceanera a party worth an RSVP.
September 15, 2006
Principals Emily Rios, Jesse Garcia and Chalo Gonzalez bring affecting authenticity to this tale of finding's one place.
September 14, 2006
Full of acute observations about the social changes and economic divisions that are present not just within the neighborhood but the cousins' own families.
September 14, 2006
A moving tale about family, friendship, and those extravagant teenage parties that somehow never make anyone feel like Cinderella.
September 8, 2006
Should be required viewing for the creator of 'Mallard Fillmore' and others who believe bilingualism is somehow a threat to U.S. security.
September 2, 2006
The film is serious and thoughtful but not overwrought.
September 1, 2006
Quinceañera is an engrossing look at modern Mexican-American life in Los Angeles, as well as universal family themes, and buoyed by superb acting, especially from Rios, Garcia and a particularly beatific Gonzalez.
August 27, 2006
The picture's transparency of purpose erodes its usefulness as a social auger: we know what's on its mind, but the trip might be worth taking, anyway.
August 26, 2006
It may be ill-advised to admit that by the last frame, tears filled my eyes. To fulfill my obligation to avoid spoilers, however, I just won't say why.
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