Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: David Gilmour
    Here's a gorgeous little film.
  2. It's in the brightly observed vignettes from mall-society life, captured with a low-key, on-the-run visual style, that Burman shows his best stuff and deadpan wit.
  3. It's a film of unexpected, almost indescribable off-center charm that deepens as it goes on.
  4. This is a small movie about a small world, but its modesty is part of what makes it durable and satisfying.
  5. Strong stuff, and all the stronger for having taken itself so comically.
  6. The overall effect is of a young director treating some old problems with the cinematic lexicon of his time. So he is able to create warmth without slush.
  7. Seems small in subject and scope, but it's large in spirit and implication.
  8. 75
    In Spanish, the title of the film, El abrazo partido, translates into ''a broken embrace,'' a more fitting description of Ariel's feelings for his father.
  9. Director Daniel Burman examines the ways people cope with the passing of time, whether it's weary mall employees, a broken family or the diminishing Argentinean-Jewish community.
  10. 75
    Has a novelist's human touch. Were it a book, it would go somewhere on the shelf with Jonathan Safran Foer and early Philip Roth.
  11. The film takes a whimsical view of this insular and sometimes daft environment where everyone's eccentricities are given an opportunity to shine.
  12. 70
    This delightful riff on the identity crisis of a young Jewish Argentine man deserves both the Grand Jury prize and Best Actor awards it won at last year's Berlin Film Festival.
  13. 70
    At its best, Lost Embrace conveys, with real warmth, the hopelessly intertwined pasts and shared futures of a community of outsiders and immigrants. At worst, it's a sitcom without a laugh track.
  14. 70
    A general lack of drama, a low-budget documentary feel and an ultraslim storyline are more than compensated for by a sterling script and performances.
  15. Argentine filmmaker Daniel Burman's shaky-camera, cinema-verite-style dramedy meanders in charming fashion.
  16. 63
    The tedious film might have been worth watching if Burman had given reasons to care about Ariel or anyone else. He doesn't and we don't.
  17. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    If you have the stomach - or the Dramamine - it's a touching, humorous take on Jewish life in contemporary Argentina.
  18. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Well-served by a laudably authentic ensemble, the director explores both character and ethnicity with a canny wit.
  19. 50
    Despite an absurdly melodramatic premise, Lost Embrace is an essentially plotless series of riffs and jokes. It's 20 minutes too long--forgivable in view of Burman's affection for his material.
  20. 50
    Argentinean writer-director Daniel Burman uses a shaky handheld camera and voice-over narration to take us inside Ariel's head, which gets a bit exhausting, even in the more emotionally satisfying second half.

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