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  • Summary: Gloria is a "woman of a certain age" but still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo. Their intense passion, to which Gloria gives herGloria is a "woman of a certain age" but still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo. Their intense passion, to which Gloria gives her all, leaves her vacillating between hope and despair—until she uncovers a new strength and realizes that, in her golden years, she can shine brighter than ever. Expand
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
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  1. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Jan 24, 2014
    100
    There is that feeling you get inside when a movie suddenly starts to push your every button, creating an emotional connection that goes beyond pure reason and mere emotion. It elevates your mood to such a point that you wish you could hug the screen out of sheer joy and recognition. That is what Gloria did to me.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Oct 23, 2013
    100
    Pitch-perfect, terrifically written.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary Houlihan
    Feb 6, 2014
    88
    It is to Lelio’s credit that he steers clear of stereotypes and lets the story unfold organically without judgment or sentimentality. There is an unflinching honesty and intelligence here.
  4. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Oct 28, 2013
    80
    The mesmerising García and sensitive direction by Lelio light up this delicate yet spiky drama. Terrific stuff from both Chileans.
  5. 80
    Gloria doesn’t lie about a woman’s dwindling options. It’s rife with disappointment and humiliation. But bleakness does not preclude buoyancy. It still manages to leave you with the urge to dance.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Dawson
    Nov 3, 2013
    80
    Sticking tightly to its heroine’s everyday routines and rituals, this deft blend of humour and pathos fully earns its defiantly upbeat dance-floor denouement.
  7. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Feb 5, 2014
    67
    Like the disco sounds that accompany the end of Gloria, this film seems a bit superficial.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Oct 27, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This film is elegantly written, directed, and acted. It is also profoundly insightful as a bit of character analysis, with some surprises near the end and an upbeat finish. There's a subtlety of execution here that I tremendously admire!

    Gloria is a woman of mediocre assets who has shed her alcoholic, abusive husband, dotes on her children, drinks too much, and hangs around in bars. One evening she is approached by a sort of middle-aged dream-boat who fits her desires to a 't' and seems much enamored of her. He wines and dines her, takes her places, beds her passionately, and is soon the center of her life. But there are a few problems: he is prone to unexplained absences and phone calls from his other family. Pretty soon, Gloria is mad enough to shoot him.

    SPOILER ALERT!

    Most reviewers take Gloria's beau at face value when he says he's divorced. He also says his daughters are in their twenties. Near the end of the film, it becomes clear that he still lives with his wife and his daughters, who are much younger than he said. Probably everything he said about himself was a lie. His initial approach to her makes a lot more sense when you recognize that he is looking for a vulnerable, middle-aged woman who won't make too many demands. The guy is a superb actor who seems to have fooled most of the critics as well as Gloria. She finds redemption at the end, shedding her clownish glasses and starting to dance like a real hot Latina. One hopes she has put her anger, her drinking, and her vulnerability behind her.
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  2. Feb 11, 2014
    9
    Terrific movie filled with real people struggling to find meaning and intimacy in their relationships. Paulina Garcia is outstanding as herTerrific movie filled with real people struggling to find meaning and intimacy in their relationships. Paulina Garcia is outstanding as her character develops and she faces all the heartaches in her life. Somehow she manages to find hope to keep going. When she finally dumps Rudolfo she has to deal with her anger since she was abandoned by him on several important occasions. She decides to paint ball his house and him - a very justified punishment for leading her on and treating her as a sex object. He was really not available for any commitment, despite his words and his pitiful begging for forgiveness. She won my heart for her earthiness, honesty and cheerful spirit. Expand
  3. Aug 10, 2014
    9
    Very sweet story of an old lady just trying to find love and acceptance within herself. The acting was incredible and I hope it gets manyVery sweet story of an old lady just trying to find love and acceptance within herself. The acting was incredible and I hope it gets many awards in its future! Expand
  4. Jul 10, 2014
    6
    I'm going to be blunt here: I can't help seeing Gloria as an inconsiderate, egocentric, needy woman with a substance abuse problem. It's anI'm going to be blunt here: I can't help seeing Gloria as an inconsiderate, egocentric, needy woman with a substance abuse problem. It's an interesting portrait but the literal victory dance at the end makes it obvious that she was meant to be a positive character, which puzzles me. Perhaps I'm too young to understand it. In any case, the acting was clearly the highlight of the film. Expand
  5. Feb 17, 2014
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Gloria is a portrait of a divorced, middle-aged Chilean woman. Unfortunately, I was never really engaged by this segment of her life. Gloria, the character, forms a new relationship. The ultimate message seems to echo the old adage, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." While the ending is cute, I believe that the problem is lack of context. We aren't told who Gloria is or where she comes from. It isn't apparent whether her resilience represents growth or mere repetition. The acting is very good and there is certainly some usefulness in the message that those who are middle-aged and divorced are people too, with a range of emotions and issues. However, I was left unsatisfied. I needed more of a story, not just a portrait. Expand
  6. May 2, 2014
    4
    Nicely filmed and acted, but I felt no emotions for or against Gloria as the story unfolded. I found little that caught my attention--theNicely filmed and acted, but I felt no emotions for or against Gloria as the story unfolded. I found little that caught my attention--the characters seemed to be going through the motions. It made me wonder how old was the screenwriter, but that's no excuse for the superficiality of this film. It wasted my time. Expand
  7. May 8, 2014
    2
    Half the movie features a middle aged woman singing in her car, and the other half is old-people sex. I was hoping the story would be muchHalf the movie features a middle aged woman singing in her car, and the other half is old-people sex. I was hoping the story would be much better. Wish I passed on this one. Expand

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