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  • Summary: With an "Almodovarian" twist and the flamboyance of "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," director Ramón Salazar's 20 Centimeters tells the story of Marieta (Mónica Cervera) a narcoleptic, transsexual who longs to get rid of 8 inches (20 centimeters) of equipment that separates her from being the glamorous woman she dreams to be. (TLA Releasing) Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. 75
    Monica Cervera's fearless performance as the homely Marieta, whose movie-made dreams of glamour will never come true, is mesmerizing.
  2. 70
    Showing a stylistic bravura and confidence rare among upcoming Spanish helmers, Ramon Salazar's campy 20 Centimeters is a self-regarding but vastly entertaining sophomore effort that fuses a wide range of influences -- Hollywood musicals, neo-realism and early-Almodovarian kitsch -- into a distinctive, giddy whole.
  3. 70
    A brash, vivacious concoction of dark comedy, light drama and musical performance.
  4. 60
    With a mug like hers Cervera must have realized this was her big chance to star in a musical, and she gives a dazzling performance.
  5. Here's yet another self-consciously ''Almodóvarian'' confection, studded with small odes to the glory of self-creation.
  6. 50
    The dance numbers grow tiresome after a while, and director/screenwriter Ramon Salazar throws in so many calculated oddities that it's impossible for anyone to become too attached to his characters.
  7. Reviewed by: Drew Tillman
    The musical numbers are dreadful and the jokes barely register, but more disappointing is how rote the exploration of the transgender dilemma is.

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  1. JavierT.
    Dec 5, 2006
    I thought this movie was extremely human in every sense -- funny, tragic, sweet, mean, sloppy -- all the while gorgeously shot. The musical numbers felt fresh and alive. I loved this! Expand
  2. MatthewK.
    Jan 12, 2007
    I saw this movie at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and I, along with the 200 or 300 other people present, really enjoyed it. It's over the top and not incredibly deep, but it is different. It is raunchy, it is silly, it is is infinetly memorable. This is the sort of movie that deserves a cult following. Expand