User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 42
  2. Negative: 6 out of 42

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  1. Dec 9, 2013
    10
    Moving and charming. The acting by the two leads are top notch and totally believable. The ending is incredibly satisfying. What more can you ask of a movie?
  2. Nov 25, 2013
    8
    It is hard to love film today. Most releases seem to have been written by management groups seeking to maximize profits with no attention to what used be called "art for art's sake." Today that expression almost is an anachronism, and so we have multiple comic book films, vampires, torture porn, issues surrounding virginity, serial killers, chainsaws and aliens--preferably all in one film. This movie explores human emotions. It is not perfect but it tries and succeeds in profiling two people seeking to cope with all the stresses that individuals face--as well as life's unexpected joys. Some critics call it a maudlin tearjerker; I think they have just forgotten how enjoyable a film can be with no guns, car chases or sex. The male star in particular is charismatic and the female lead is right. Watching this film is a restorative experience in the ability of movies to convey the joys and crises with which men and women live their lives. Is it idealized and not politically correct? Absolutely. Is it compelling and enjoyable and skillfully made? Absolutely. Collapse
Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    Mexican-born helmer Alejandro Monteverde's debut will be remembered as a curious case of a mediocre film that wows crowds.
  2. Reviewed by: Julia Wallace
    40
    Manages to be utterly predictable without making any sense at all.
  3. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    50
    The melodrama and cheap theatrics of the story’s off-center segments drag the whole thing down.