Quinceañera Reviews

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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 23, 2006
The storytelling remains less than satisfying, particularly the ending.
September 15, 2006
The setting and the people in it make Quinceanera a party worth an RSVP.
August 31, 2006
It feels awkward, both in the pat screenplay and the uneven direction.
August 31, 2006
You realize that, while pretending to break ground, Quinceañera is ultimately stuck in familiar Hollywood formulas.
August 25, 2006
[Has]courage to look realistically, instead of idealistically, at some dubious civic practices; and second, honesty about the painful feelings of kids coupled with their desperate need for love and guidance and their ultimate desire to do the right thing.
August 25, 2006
Sweet, formulaic and forgettable.
August 18, 2006
Co-writer/directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland have crafted a small gem, one of those movies from which you emerge feeling happier about the human condition.
August 18, 2006
The film is suffused with the generous, nonjudgmental spirit of Uncle Tomas, whose live-and-let-live attitude warms like the sun and who helps Magdalena and Carlos make the safe passage from adolescence to maturity.
August 18, 2006
A portrait of adolescents who learn to form makeshift families when their natural ones let them down, and who are too confident and resourceful to wallow in self-pity.
August 18, 2006
Sometimes, keeping it real is all we ask, and this film gets the job done.
August 18, 2006
Quinceañera, which mixes actors and real Echo Park people, often has an engaging informality about it.
August 18, 2006
An intelligent, hopeful work. What it doesn't have in flash and outbursts, it trusts to the lived details. Possibility and truth, it asserts gently, convincingly, reside there.
August 17, 2006
What the movie lacks in visionary skill it makes up for in charm and wistfulness about the depleting effects of gentrification.
August 13, 2006
... smart and irony-free ...
August 13, 2006
Quinceanera is a spirited and poignant exploration of the bonds and challenges facing a Latino family and the pains of a community undergoing a transition of its own.
August 13, 2006
... veers off in a completely different direction -- actually numerous directions, all of which will entice you to follow.
August 12, 2006
It's all such a throwback, and yet there's something rather sweet about the way this pot boils.
August 12, 2006
... a modest but remarkably poignant comedy ...
August 12, 2006
Westmoreland and Glatzer adopt a bare-bones documentary-style approach for this sensitive, sharply observed tale.
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