Spanglish

Critics Consensus

Paz Vega shines, and Adam Sandler gives a performance of thoughtfulness and depth, but Spanglish is ultimately undermined by sitcommy plotting and unearned uplift.

53%

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Reviews Counted: 167

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60%
Average Rating: 3/5

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Married couple John and Deborah Clasky has their mundane lives forever changed when a fiery new housekeeper, Flor, and her intelligent daughter step into their home. Although Flor and John do not share a common language, Flor speaks only Spanish and John speaks only English, they soon find themselves romantically attracted to each other. This connection acts as a catalyst for both John and Flor to reevaluate their lives and motivates them to solve their respective family problems.

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Cast

Adam Sandler
as John Clasky
Téa Leoni
as Deborah Clasky
Paz Vega
as Flor Moreno
Cloris Leachman
as Evelyn Norwich
Shelbie Bruce
as Cristina
Sarah Steele
as Bernice
Ian Hyland
as Georgie
Victoria Luna
as Cristina (age 6)
Ricardo Molina
as Flor's Husband
Thomas Haden Church
as Mike the Realtor
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Critic Reviews for Spanglish

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (44)

  • There are signs that a lot has been cut, and in trimming his film Brooks may have squeezed too tight: his movie needs breathing space.

    Nov 1, 2007 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
    Top Critic
  • This is Hollywood liberal humanism as muted join-the-dots melodrama, all carefully calculated colouring, broad outlines, and no room for fruitful digression.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Vega radiates effortless strength and charm in her first Hollywood role, and Sandler proves to be a gratifyingly unpredictable leading man, self-effacing one moment and hilariously emphatic the other.

    Sep 26, 2005

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Brooks' championing of good old-fashioned family values feels hopelessly nave and frankly unconvincing.

    Feb 22, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film gets better as it goes along ... and all the characters, including Deborah, become more interesting and appealing as we get to know them better.

    Jan 13, 2005 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Observer
    Top Critic
  • Brooks, fumbling around with too many characters and too many issues, can't find the heart of the story or give heart to the part of it he chose to focus on.

    Dec 21, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Spanglish

½

An interesting ensemble piece with wonderful performances by all concerned. One of Sandler's best, Leoni a diamond of neediness, Leachman ... one of my all time favs, and Vega perhaps the strong center of the film as, of all things, the Mexican maid (what, they couldn't find any Mexicans in L.A. to play a Mexican?). Although it lacks something ... maybe ... it's still better than most cut-and-dried romcoms.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

"Spanglish" is the lesser of James L. Brooks' directorial efforts mainly because he is trying so obviously for cultural commentary. His films are better when he is showing a character's nuance objectively ("As Good As It Gets"). While "Spanglish" is not a bad film by any stretch of the imagination, it just does not go as far as it should. It's narrative is hindered by the way it's delivered and it unfortunately keeps us at a bit of an arms length from the characters. I enjoyed all the performances, especially Tea Leoni for being so aggressively unlikable, but in the end, you never have much to truly tether yourself to.

Steven Carrier
Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

The ever amazing dramatic performance of Sandler, the desperaging Leoni, and the foolhard Vega all work in tandem very well.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

½

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