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Real Women Have Curves Reviews

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
November 21, 2002
It's so underwritten that you can't figure out just where the other characters, including Ana's father and grandfather, come down on the issue of Ana's future.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
November 15, 2002
Real Women Have Curves is nowhere near a great film, but it is the most distinctive and appealing of entertainments.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 15, 2002
A vivid cinematic portrait.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 15, 2002
You watch for that sense of openness, the little surprises.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 15, 2002
Funny and touching.
| Original Score: B
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 8, 2002
What's most refreshing about Real Women Have Curves is its unforced comedy-drama and its relaxed, natural-seeming actors.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 8, 2002
It's anchored by splendid performances from an honored screen veteran and a sparkling newcomer who instantly transform themselves into a believable mother/daughter pair.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 8, 2002
[Ferrera] has the charisma of a young woman who knows how to hold the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 8, 2002
Given its winning story line and a terrific performance by newcomer America Ferrera in the lead, Real Women Have Curves could become the next My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 7, 2002
A real movie, about real people, that gives us a rare glimpse into a culture most of us don't know.
| Original Score: B
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
October 25, 2002
A warm, funny family story that defies popular notions about immigrant families.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 25, 2002
Patricia Cardoso's first film is a marvel of pointed humor, and Ontiveros and Ferrera could not be better.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
October 25, 2002
A warm, funny, engaging film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 25, 2002
Enormously entertaining for moviegoers of any age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 24, 2002
Its ethnic milieu is genuine, therefore specific, but many of the themes are universal, and they're never used as a prop for easy humor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 24, 2002
There's a virtue to pleasing crowds when you do it as well as this movie does.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 24, 2002
It's refreshingly low on the kind of Cinema of Empowerment pedantry that often goes along with stories about ethnic families, sweatshop working conditions, or women confronting issues of weight and body image.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 21, 2002
Just about everything in this movie rings true.
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Megan Turner
New York Post
October 18, 2002
The film has an across-the-board, My Big Fat Greek Wedding-style appeal.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 17, 2002
Real Women may have many agendas, but it also will win you over, in a big way.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 17, 2002
A winning directorial debut for Patricia Cardoso, who gracefully brings to the screen George LaVoo and Josefina Lopez's adaptation of Lopez's popular 1990 play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
October 17, 2002
Accomplished and invigorating.
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Ed Park
Village Voice
October 15, 2002
The film stakes out a self-affirming Atkins-free zone that seems unobjectionable in theory, but its speechifying tendencies and familiar familial tensions overwhelm the more delicate scenes.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 15, 2002
Ana is a vivid, vibrant individual and the movie's focus upon her makes it successful and accessible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
August 14, 2002
Effervescent and satisfying, a crowd pleaser that does not condescend.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 8, 2002
What enlivens this film, beyond the astute direction of Cardoso and beautifully detailed performances by all of the actors, is a note of defiance over social dictates.