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Spanglish Reviews

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November 18, 2019
Sandler makes another step toward his transition from comedic actor to serious actor, while Leoni actually evokes sympathy for a character with some serious issues. But it is Vega who lifts Spanglish to its lofty heights.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 23, 2019
Spanglish eventually comes off as compromised and awkward as its hybrid title suggests.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 11, 2016
It would be a tour de force in a film with focus, but Spanglish-at its most basic... is all over the... place.
March 30, 2011
Spanglish is a heartfelt, funny, sad, human story about what people want and what they should do; about culture's colliding and maintaining their individuality; and about what parents do for their children.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
December 28, 2010
Mixed messages wrapped in stale stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 29, 2009
It's no masterpiece--I can admit--but the performances won me over in the end...
May 29, 2008
There's a distinct lack of chemistry here and a strong whiff of moral sermonizing that undermines the romantic impact.
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.
March 30, 2007
The film racks up points for stressing in eloquent ways the importance of one's own roots, even when dwarfed or demeaned by the lure of the dominant, more affluent culture.
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October 11, 2006
While the content isn't always pretty, the lessons are important. And, Brooks, thankfully, isn't afraid to face these themes, ugliness and all.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 1, 2006
A satisfying and grown-up flick that boasts all of James L. Brooksâ(TM) strengths.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
November 12, 2005
Phony bourgeois film.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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.
July 29, 2005
Much as Spanglish makes their mutual attraction look magically real and charming, the prospect of John and Flor's romance remains alarming, and not just for the questions it raises about sleeping with the help.
April 18, 2005
Some great lines, some great performances, some very very interesting relational topics, but un-quenching, seldom moving and simply not funny enough to be a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 15, 2005
A worthy follow-up to [Director James L.] Brooks' 1997 success, As Good as it Gets.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
April 13, 2005
Brooks struggles to define Spanglish, garbling the storylines in an unfocused film that only skims the surface in its two hours plus running time.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 1, 2005
Meandering, redundant, and shapeless - one gets the feeling that with discipline and focus, a good film could easily have been carved out of all this earnesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 22, 2005
'Brooks' preference is clear: wise Mexican earth mother trumps competitive American neurotic every time.'
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/5
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