Spare Parts Reviews

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.
January 16, 2015
In the end, "Spare Parts" proves to be more exhausting than it is inspiring.
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
[The] screenplay ... plays down intellect in favor of corn and clich.
January 15, 2015
Though based on a true story, "Spare Parts," like every other studio product, rehashes clichs from other movies so as not to unduly challenge the audience.
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
If "Stand and Deliver" struck many as a hard-hitting look at life in the urban ghetto, "Spare Parts" seems like a Disney after-school special by comparison.
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.