December 7, 2020
The subjects are incredibly un-cinematic, as his camera documents - in a somewhat documentarian style - the lives and lifestyles of painfully average people.
February 21, 2020
The movie's distance here works against it, emphasizing its outsider's view of what it frames as lower-class concerns. Instead of lending her character dimensionality, Cleo's tribulations begin to feel cartoonishly grim.
April 12, 2019
The astounding size of the purse to promote "Roma" paid off with a nomination and other awards, but it buys me little appreciation except for the downright beauty of the black and white imagery.
February 12, 2019
despite being gorgeously shot and genuinely earnest in its drama, it is too much in Cuarón's head
January 31, 2019
Every frame of the film could be isolated and hung on a wall, and maybe that's what should be done with it. Roma is a beautiful boring movie.
December 28, 2018
The amount of praise the film has received is not justified because the story is mediocre and feels very pretentious. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 19, 2018
For all its worthy intentions, "Roma" is little more than the righteous affirmation of good intentions.
December 17, 2018
I can't recall another art movie so openly patronizing toward its subject, yet so self-flattering of its maker's largesse.
December 16, 2018
This Netflix original lacks agency within its' character beats that have a frustrating passivity to the narrative. [Alfonso] Cuarón's film comes to the brink of being cruel to its setting and characters.
December 15, 2018
A series of beautiful, gorgeous shots stitched together that excellently mask a thin story and largely uninteresting characters - Yalitza Aparicio aside.
December 13, 2018
The images may be truly breathtaking to behold, but cinema requires more than mere beauty. There is no there there, merely a vacant (if splendid) filmic vessel.
December 12, 2018
Roma is the sort of movie filmmakers and critics love, and audiences have to endure. Alfonso Cuarón's semi-autobiographical effort plays like a home movie that runs on and on, seemingly without organization or end.
December 12, 2018
Roma is more impressive as a feat of crowd control than as a piece of visual storytelling or as a character study; it's a film that's easier to admire than to fall in love with.
November 29, 2018
Cuaron is an auteur in his own right, and as such puts his stamp on his own life's story. But in doing so, he never picks the stamp up, too often letting shots linger far longer than they are interesting.