Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 90
    Pitch-perfect social comedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Julia Wallace
    90
    The result is a film of startling insight and grace.
  3. What Live-in Maid offers is a pitch-perfect observation of life on a continent where forms are adhered to, distances aren't really kept, and your best friend is the person who knows to pour the cheap domestic whiskey into the empty bottle of imported stuff before your bridge buddies show up to judge you.
  4. 83
    Live-In Maid is a lived-in movie. Its cataclysms may be small in scale, but the movie brings us so far into these women's lives that a shattered cup creates an earthquake.
  5. Powered by two first-rate performances, Jorge Gaggero's debut feature is full of psychological nuance and keen social observation.
  6. 80
    Modest in scope, but it feels complete, fully inhabited, in a way that more overtly ambitious movies rarely do.
  7. 80
    A vivid portrait of a society in the midst of wrenching change, but it transcends its immediate context to become a thoughtful, even unforgettable, chamber piece, performed with exquisite subtlety by two fine actresses.
  8. Weary and overworked to her very bones, Dora nevertheless has a heart of gold and a spine of steel. The movie does, too.
  9. 75
    Low-key yet has a lot to say about class struggle.
  10. Reviewed by: Steve Winn
    75
    A modest chamber piece enriched by its affecting human harmonies and overtones.
  11. 75
    Quite easily Live-in Maid could have descended into a kind of Joan Crawford-Bette Davis gorgon salute. But everyone here seems way too smart for that, though apparently the movie is being prepped for an English-language version. So beware.
  12. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    70
    A fairly successful attempt at satire, though given the subject, there's a lot of darkness under the carpet.
  13. A fine Argentinean film with English subtitles.
  14. 67
    Live-In Maid's premise would be ideal for a play, or a bravura performance piece like Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant."
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. HughR
    Jul 22, 2007
    9
    A great dark-social comedy with an illuminated soul and powerful actresses.
  2. annetteg
    Jul 21, 2007
    10
    exquisite insights into the hearts of two women who, despite social and economic pressures, deeply understand each other's fight to survive.