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Rudo y Cursi Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
July 3, 2009
He's helped by charismatic, pleasingly ambivalent performances by all involved, and while a later penalty sequence is needlessly prolonged, it doesn't diminish the film's cumulative effect. Serious fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 29, 2009
Carlos Cuaron, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Y Tu Mama También, makes his directorial debut with this easygoing sports movie/family drama/musical comedy/crime story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 29, 2009
[Has] a mess of cultural issues to reckon with, and Rudo y Cursi deals with them while offering an engaging rags-to-riches sports fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 29, 2009
Bernal and Luna have great sibling comic chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 22, 2009
Some of this is funny, thanks to the playful performances, but much of it just seems familiar and juvenile.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
May 22, 2009
Ay carumba-blimey, what a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 21, 2009
Carlos Cuarón's fierce, profane and hilarious comedy about two brothers is not so much about sports as about how we play the game of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
May 18, 2009
It's a great little sports movie.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
May 18, 2009
It was funny, it was sweet, it was warm but it never felt hacky or maudlin.
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Dan Zak
Washington Post
May 15, 2009
This is not a sports movie. But for lovers of Luna and Bernal, especially Luna and Bernal together, Rudo y Cursi will be a quick, harmless, caffeinated booster shot until their next collaboration.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 15, 2009
While it may seem obvious which brother is responsible and which is the flake, both Rudo and Cursi are equally flawed, one of the film's realistic charms.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 15, 2009
There is plenty of coarse, macho humor. There are nearly as many moments that are goofy and sentimental.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
May 14, 2009
There are plenty of kicks: class struggle, wild crackups, Cheap Trick, occasional melodrama and lots of blackly comic moralizing on the lure and letdowns of modern Mexican celebrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 14, 2009
Rudo y Cursi is a grave and calculated affront to the men of Mexico, and that's the source of its roistering charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 14, 2009
This bitter pill might easily have driven the rest of the film, but instead Cuaron contrives for both brothers to become stars, and the story devolves into a familiar tale about the price of success.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 14, 2009
Rudo y Cursi is the sort of high-level buddy movie every national cinema needs for export -- along with its masterpieces, to be sure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 8, 2009
The results are not nearly as auspicious as that other film, but Bernal and Luna are so good together that they carry the day anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Robert Abele
Chicago Tribune
May 8, 2009
As Cuarón's enjoyable film about brotherhood and the beautiful game zestfully points out, a block and a save are two sides of the same play.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 8, 2009
It gives a far deeper and more engaging portrait of Mexico -- rich and poor, rural and urban, old and new -- than you're likely to find anywhere else this week.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
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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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 8, 2009
You'd never know this was a debut film. Unlike Rudo and Cursi, who don't know their left from their right, Mr. Cuarón directs with a hand that's as sure as it is deft.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 8, 2009
It mixes soap-opera sentimentality with playful, jumpy aggression and dresses a bittersweet, rags-to-riches fable in the bright clothes of pop satire.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 8, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 7, 2009
Luna and García Bernal display the kind of chemistry that makes you overlook the clichés in the script by first-time director Carlos Cuarón. Sometimes good-natured fun is enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 7, 2009
Rudo y Cursi is enjoyable, with an engaging ensemble cast anchored by the charismatic performances of Luna and Bernal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 7, 2009
Bernal gives his flashy would-be pop star a daft, wide-eyed innocence and it's great to see Bernal and Luna together again, but Cuarón nearly ruins a wonderful comedy by turning it into a much less distinguished drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 6, 2009
Rudo y Cursi is a sly miniaturist pleasure on its own terms, a piquant fable about the bouncing ups and downs of success, failure, competition, and comradeship.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
May 5, 2009
Energetic fun.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 4, 2009
Luna and García Bernal gamely reunite for this occasionally entertaining film about two rival soccer-playing brothers, but the paint-by-numbers story line and overzealous direction do them few favors.