Spare Parts Reviews

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January 23, 2015
Though based on a Wired magazine story, this sticks closely to the formulas of inspirational-teacher and sports-team dramas; distinguishing it from the pack is the fact that all four students who formed the club were undocumented.
January 20, 2015
Sequences and scenes end unceremoniously, everyone in the movie seems to know each other's backstory before they're properly introduced, and mild jokes land with uncertainty.
January 17, 2015
Spare Parts tries too hard to be a based-on-a-true-story, feel-good, crowd-pleasing, triumph-of-the-underdogs movie.
January 17, 2015
While the appropriately titled "Spare Parts" might feel like it has been assembled from bits and pieces of other inspirational movies, that doesn't mean the fact-based drama is any less effective ...
January 17, 2015
This blatantly big-hearted product isn't half as vibrant as the original 2005 Wired article on which it's based, and myopically neglects to address Arizona's troubling anti-immigration legislation through even a splash of hindsight.
January 16, 2015
Despite its clunkier elements, Matsueda's screenplay is alert to details that ground the film in the day-to-day lives of young people who are American in every way but technically.
July 18, 2019
Even while McNamara hasn't made a great or even very daring film, it's one that was worth being made, and certainly one deserving to be seen despite its formulaic, safe tone.
March 20, 2019
Spare Parts will likely be a crowd-pleaser, especially to those familiar with the story, but those expecting something new to be brought to the table are out of luck.
August 24, 2017
The movie sometimes seems almost like an abridgment of or commercial for itself. But Lopez sneaks his humor in gently, remaining a faithful servant of the story and its hopeful message.
February 25, 2016
An effective, family-friendly film with a message that provides a valuable introduction to the issues surrounding immigration reform for the next generation of voters.
June 12, 2015
The underwater robots almost make up for a lackluster and predictable ending. [full review in Spanish]
June 4, 2015
McNamara's direction, his portrayal of the characters and their lives' circumstances is very superficial.[full review in Spanish]
May 21, 2015
A feel-good movie that would have felt even better with a shorter running time, "Spare Parts" is nonetheless an inspirational story that will warm your heart by film's end. It's far from perfect, but worth seeing.
February 13, 2015
The movie benefits from an air of earnest goodwill and well-turned performances.
January 23, 2015
The film is moderately powerful in its exploration of the Latino students' lives outside the classroom, yet the dominant sequences involving the competition are right off the assembly line.
January 20, 2015
The film refreshingly portrays its kids as part of a diverse group trying to succeed in a country in which they can never find secure footing.
January 20, 2015
Spare Parts is a serviceable, curious, and ultimately bland true story adaptation.
January 16, 2015
The fictionalized backstory for Cameron is superfluous and distracting...Still, with a storyline like this one, it cannot help being fun to watch.
January 16, 2015
It's these moments that elevate American Sniper beyond a jingoistic refrain and into a relevant reminder of the sacrifice of war, even to its biggest heroes.
January 16, 2015
True story about underdog teens is predictable but sweet.
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