Luminarias

Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14

Critic Reviews

  1. The movie is very small in scale, but the performances are appealing and Fernandez's screenplay casts an interesting light on the main characters' self-images as Latina women.
  2. Consistently entertaining and offers some sharp observations of the Latino experience.
  3. With wonderful music, interesting characters, and lots of laughter, this picture feels much bigger than it really is.
  4. There are so many small, satisfying moments when the women are allowed to be real that it's a jolt each time they become superficial symbols.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Gore
    60
    Not for me, and in spite of that, I found it really funny, smart and sweet. I enjoyed it.
  6. Breezy and eminently watchable.
  7. 50
    Chock-full of feisty-frank go-girl sextalk speculating on white guys' underplayable size.
  8. An occasionally charming, sometimes amateurish film .
  9. 50
    The lawyer is marvelously played by Evelina Fernandez, who wrote the screenplay based on her play.
  10. Easy to like and difficult to admire.
  11. 40
    There are surprising grace notes in all the performances, and familiar, friendly faces pop up in supporting roles.
  12. New York Post
    Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    25
    Comes off as nothing more than a TV soap opera, with overwrought acting, simplistic dialogue and a generic plot.
  13. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    10
    A stiff, clumsy, amateurish mess, one of those ethnically righteous movies likely to be endured exclusively by its story's demographic.
  14. It is a traffic jam of broken hearts, fluxing racial identities and deplorable outfits that has everything but a salsa overhaul of "I Will Survive."

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