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  • Summary: An international soccer star is on his way to sign a multi-million dollar contract when a series of events unfold that brings his career to an abrupt end. A beautiful waitress, struggling to make it in New York City, discovers something about herself that she’s unprepared for. In oneAn international soccer star is on his way to sign a multi-million dollar contract when a series of events unfold that brings his career to an abrupt end. A beautiful waitress, struggling to make it in New York City, discovers something about herself that she’s unprepared for. In one irreversible moment, their lives are turned upside down…until a simple gesture of kindness brings them both together, turning an ordinary day into an unforgettable experience. (Metanoia Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. 75
    The movie is a little more lightweight than the usual People's Choice Award winner at Toronto, but why not? It was the best-liked film at the 2006 festival, and I can understand that.
  2. A tearjerker that earns its sobs with heartfelt emotions.
  3. 67
    Bella is, indeed, a beautiful film. The bustling, cab-crowded thoroughfares of New York City have rarely looked as inviting and the coastline as momentously beachy as they do in this film.
  4. If you have an appetite for well-made treacle, then Bella should go down a treat.
  5. What are you going to do when your lead actress offers a performance that's as unlikable as the woman she's portraying? Maybe it's the script (flimsy, formulaic), or filmmaker Alejandro Gomez Monteverde's conspicuous direction, but Tammy Blanchard's Nina, a waitress with a dour disposition and an unwanted pregnancy, pretty much sucks the life out of this well-meaning melodrama.
  6. If Bella (the title doesn’t make sense until the last scene) is a mediocre cup of mush, the response to it suggests how desperate some people are for an urban fairy tale with a happy ending, no matter how ludicrous.
  7. A Mexican movie in which the outcome is never in doubt, the scenes are endless -- sorry, we meant poetic-- and the false beard on the central character's face looks as though it could use a little extra gum.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Apr 28, 2015
    10
    Very profound!!! Amaziiiiiiiing job, very Meaningful and with substance, unlike so many movies of today that are completely Dry and haveVery profound!!! Amaziiiiiiiing job, very Meaningful and with substance, unlike so many movies of today that are completely Dry and have nothing to give Expand
  2. JasB.
    May 13, 2008
    10
    This movie is awesome!
  3. JudiM.
    Oct 24, 2007
    10
    Amazing film with a beautiful story that will touch your heart...unless you are a cold-hearted liberal movie critic.
  4. Anonymous
    Jan 12, 2009
    10
    This movie is one of my all-time favorites. Tammy Blanchard delivered an Oscar-worthy performance as Nina, and the rest of the cast was This movie is one of my all-time favorites. Tammy Blanchard delivered an Oscar-worthy performance as Nina, and the rest of the cast was excellent. The movie handled sensitive issues in a delicate and thought-provoking way. The characters were eminently believable and compelling, and the movie -- despite having a clear message -- steered clear of being preachy or tacky. The ending left me with tears running down my face. I want everyone to watch this movie. Expand
  5. TerryM
    Oct 26, 2007
    9
    A life changing film.
  6. ChadS.
    May 8, 2008
    5
    A dispute over change between a Chinese grocer and an Anglo-American customer results in "Crash"-like words. Was the bill that the customer A dispute over change between a Chinese grocer and an Anglo-American customer results in "Crash"-like words. Was the bill that the customer handed over to the grocer, a ten, or a five spot? Nina(Tammy Blanchard) is next in line. The customer leaves. It's Nina's turn. "Korea"(what the customer calls the grocer) opens the till and sees that he erred. This is not a throwaway scene. Don't be distracted by the Unabomber-like beard that Jose(Eduardo Verastegui) sports, in repose, or in rapport with Nina. Don't be distracted by the overwrought emotions that ensues. While you weren't looking, this filmmaker remade "Crash" to his own specifications(from the point-of-view of a Latino). In Paul Haggis' "Crash", Ludacris doesn't stop. Jose stops. He stops and gives assistance to the injured. And he still winds up in prison for five years. Because of that scene at the Chinese grocer, the ethnicity of the second party becomes relevant. The victim, and the victim's mother, are Anglo-American. Draw your own conclusions as to the sort of prison sentence Tom might have received were he not from Mexico. "Bella" begins well. Manny(Manny Perez), a restaurant owner, incidentally, shares the same name as the protagonist in Stewart O'Nan's "Last Night at the Lobster". He runs a tight shift. His firing of Nina is justified. Her anger is justified, too(this is the first of three crashes). So far, so good. The walking tour of New York that Jose and Nina undertake is okay, as well. But when they reach their destination, "Bella" becomes hard to watch. The film is somewhat redeemed by its political subtext. Expand
  7. DavidM.
    Nov 6, 2007
    2
    I'm both a Christian and pro-life, so I would seem to be in the target audience for this movie. I agree with the sentiments of the I'm both a Christian and pro-life, so I would seem to be in the target audience for this movie. I agree with the sentiments of the filmmakers, so I realize that it's well-intended, but it's just bad as a movie. It's full of plot holes and leaves the thinking viewer with a lot of questions about why certain things are happening. Character development doesn't really happen. People just change inexplicably, leaving huge gaps as to WHY the changes occurred. A lot of people are going to like it for the good intentions, but it's very bad as art. If something is being made to glorify God, the author of the universe deserve much better creativity. Expand

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