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Real Women Have Curves Reviews

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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2002
Real Women Have Curves is nowhere near a great film, but it is the most distinctive and appealing of entertainments.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2002
A vivid cinematic portrait.
November 15, 2002
You watch for that sense of openness, the little surprises.
November 15, 2002
Funny and touching.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 8, 2002
What's most refreshing about Real Women Have Curves is its unforced comedy-drama and its relaxed, natural-seeming actors.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
November 7, 2002
A real movie, about real people, that gives us a rare glimpse into a culture most of us don't know.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 25, 2002
A warm, funny family story that defies popular notions about immigrant families.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2002
Patricia Cardoso's first film is a marvel of pointed humor, and Ontiveros and Ferrera could not be better.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2002
A warm, funny, engaging film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2002
Enormously entertaining for moviegoers of any age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
October 24, 2002
There's a virtue to pleasing crowds when you do it as well as this movie does.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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+
October 21, 2002
Just about everything in this movie rings true.
October 18, 2002
The film has an across-the-board, My Big Fat Greek Wedding-style appeal.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 17, 2002
Real Women may have many agendas, but it also will win you over, in a big way.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
October 17, 2002
Accomplished and invigorating.
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.
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
August 14, 2002
Effervescent and satisfying, a crowd pleaser that does not condescend.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.