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Rudo y Cursi Reviews

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John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
May 7, 2009
Not freewheeling enough to be deemed innovative or exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
May 6, 2009
with its vexing voiceover narration, puerile sense of humor, and cliché-ridden storyline, this material isn't worthy of its two charismatic, fiery young stars
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 25, 2009
All you can see are a pair of aging jocks laboring for condescending yuks
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 11, 2009
feels lazy, bland and ultimately fails to pack a real punch emotionally, dramatically and comedically.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 29, 2009
Lackadaisically directed by Carlos Cuaron, the movie lopes along behind the characters, both of whom are unlikable and neither of whom is interesting.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
May 22, 2009
As we follow their adventures, it's impossible to ignore how poorly women come off in this story, alternatively as nags, cheats, liars and cloying opportunists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
The Screengrab
May 6, 2009
A flagrantly contrived piece of Hollywood-style hokum masquerading as serious drama.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
May 3, 2009
Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna reunite in Rudo y Cursi to denigrate rubes from Jalisco as slow-witted provincial brothers and banana plantation workers whose unlikely rise to soccer stardom supplies the purported comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
May 28, 2009
I'm not sure which is more offensive: That Cuarón believes these scumbag brothers are heroes, or that the biggest scumbag in the film can be a hero to all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 8, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 15, 2009
The material just isn't as fresh as the presentation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
May 14, 2009
not only does it fail to live up to the high standards of "Y Tu Mama Tambien," it doesn't even live up to the bar set by such earlier soccer films as "Victory," "Goal" and "Kicking and Screaming."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
May 15, 2009
Far from a complete disaster but it is definitely a missed opportunity for something memorable and is likely to get lost in the summer movie shuffle in its stateside run.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
July 3, 2009
This tale of two brothers seems to be a comic satire on ambition, but the laughs are desperately hard to come by.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Eric Melin
June 12, 2009
Carlos Cuaron has directed a typical rise-and-fall picture. Granted, it has loads of local flavor and two appealing leads, but it adds little to the genre and is too melodramatic to rise above.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 8, 2009
A banal examination of the rivalry of two brothers who play soccer and jeopardize their game through greed and selfishness and the quest for fame.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
Chris Cabin
May 7, 2009
Plagued with American sports-film clichés
| Original Score: 3/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 27, 2009
The air of jaunty vivaciousness is promising, but nothing sticks.
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 17, 2009
Rudo y Cursi never quite figures out what it wants to be. Is it a sports comedy? A tale of sibling rivalry? A look at Mexico's gritty underbelly, set against a soccer backdrop?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
May 8, 2009
I won't tell you who wins the Rudo/Cursi showdown, but when it comes to the Cuarón brothers, my money's on Alfonso.
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