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Spanglish Reviews

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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
This is Hollywood liberal humanism as muted join-the-dots melodrama, all carefully calculated colouring, broad outlines, and no room for fruitful digression.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 26, 2005
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 13, 2005
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.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 21, 2004
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 21, 2004
The film too often seems to be talking down, to its subjects and to its audience.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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December 21, 2004
The movie is what in Hollywood they call 'character-driven,' and it does take its sweet time. But much of that time is sweet indeed.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
December 18, 2004
Offensive because it turns liberal self-abasement into self-congratulation.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2004
Sometimes Brooks's ideas are legitimate, but his way of putting them across is dishonest. Sometimes the ideas are dishonest, but his way of putting them across is legitimate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 17, 2004
The movie's funny and wicked fun.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 17, 2004
So rancid is Brooks's fury that it's clouded his judgment, so that each of his main characters is a stereotype of the most broad-brush, malodorous nature.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 17, 2004
A performer's showcase. While the pleasantly sentimental comedy doesn't bowl you over with cinematic technique, it's likely to make audiences happy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 17, 2004
Feels like inadvertent misogynist psychodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
December 17, 2004
There's fun to be had if you can accept Spanglish's dubious relationship to the actual universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 17, 2004
With his unerring eye for characters, even their hidden dark corners, Brooks makes Spanglish a rich blend of humor and heartbreak.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 17, 2004
A pepperpot bubbling with pungent insights and sharp wit.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 17, 2004
There is no shortage of zingers (mostly delivered by Evelyn), but the film lacks credibility.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 17, 2004
You're constantly aware of how oddly these people are behaving, and the artificiality spoils the illusion.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
December 17, 2004
Doesn't match Brooks' prior efforts because the characters are too broadly written.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 17, 2004
An unusually shallow and facile work for Brooks, but the writing and the performances -- other than Leoni's -- keep us at least halfway involved.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 17, 2004
Easy to enjoy, if you're at all susceptible to this sort of thing, but it leaves you with nothing to think about, except for all the opportunities Brooks missed to make something worthwhile out of the material.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 17, 2004
As in most sentimental yarns, this is a flick where credible characterization is held hostage to the demands of the plot and the needs of its message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 17, 2004
Now here is something I thought I would never see: an intelligent movie whose most mature, thoughtful character is played by Adam Sandler.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 17, 2004
Don't forgive its failures, just try to ignore them. And keep an eye out for Paz Vega. This woman is a movie star.
| Original Score: B-
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 17, 2004
The proceedings feel slightly washed-out -- not quite a sitcom but several observations short of a rich movie experience.
| Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 17, 2004
The film's deepest charms come from its ensemble's wacky chemistry and Brooks' warm appreciation of the love between parents and children.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 17, 2004
The movie is not quite the sitcom the setup seems to suggest; there are some character quirks that make it intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 17, 2004
One of the most humane works ever made about the lives of working mothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 16, 2004
Deserves an audience because much of Brooks' writing is still strong and fresh.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 16, 2004
It gives us ideas to chew on, moments to laugh at and performances to admire, but, like so many current lives, it is also somewhat in disarray, not always equal to its admirable intentions and the grace of its most successful aspects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 16, 2004
It's another movie about a dysfunctional family, but this one is different because they're original, lovable, forgivable and fascinating.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 16, 2004
[Brooks] opts for soothing fakery and empty multicultural rhetoric to send us home feeling good about ourselves and partaking of the surplus smugness that he clearly has to spare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 16, 2004
Spanglish's central players are like real people touched with the perfect dose of comic exaggeration.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 16, 2004
This is a deeply unpleasant movie masquerading as a heartfelt social commentary on life in these United States (or at least in the wealthy republic of Beverly Hills).
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
December 16, 2004
Brooks plops moms and dads and kids in the middle of a muddled message movie, losing his characters, his wit and, worst of all, his point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
December 16, 2004
A desperate, shapeless, overreaching big-screen sitcom of a movie that just wants to be loved.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 16, 2004
As a TV sitcom veteran, Brooks knows how to fashion a button-pushing formula. But the buttons on this board are too numerous and their prodding more conspicuously annoying.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 16, 2004
A distressingly heartwarming domestic drama.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 16, 2004
Spanglish isn't [Brooks'] best work, but it's infused with humor and humanity.
| Original Score: B-
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
December 14, 2004
As pedestrian as its marital and parental conflicts may be, Spanglish utterly crumbles when it probes matters of cultural identity.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 13, 2004
Unassuming yet effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 13, 2004
Very well done.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 9, 2004
Short on real drama and incident and long on tedium thanks to one irredeemably neurotic central character.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 9, 2004
No doubt about it, Brooks is solidly in charge of this feel-good fairy tale as he gets terrific performances from everyone including two super-talented child actors.