Spare Parts Reviews

April 10, 2020
It's a positive story, filled to the brim with love, fun, and cultural pride.
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.
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.
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
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
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 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 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
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.
January 16, 2015
True story about underdog teens is predictable but sweet.
January 16, 2015
At times, Spare Parts sails perilously close to the saccharine. But the film is a fine example of a message movie that does justice both to its important subject matter and to its characters' inner lives.
January 16, 2015
A surprisingly effective and affecting fact-based drama, despite its reliance on several recycled elements.
January 15, 2015
Spare Parts stands and delivers on its own intriguing merits.
January 15, 2015
The characters in "Spare Parts" all go through changes that are true to many immigrants' decidedly mixed experiences in the American melting pot.
January 15, 2015
"Spare Parts" is the kind of feel-good underdog movie that almost can't help getting waylaid by cliches. Happily, the real story is strong enough - and unlikely enough - to overcome most of those kinds of problems.