Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
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  1. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    88
    Bardem plays the part with all the pent-up animal rage of a young Robert De Niro.
  2. There's a dignity to Mondays in the Sun that manages to keep the film buoyant, helping to keep all the despair at bay.
  3. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    75
    The tired and washed-out Spanish town is a fitting backdrop for these men - a place where life moves on around them at an uninspiring pace.
  4. The story's rambling, meandering style is just right for the melancholy subject being explored, and all the acting is excellent.
  5. By turns wry, rueful and explosively funny.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    A quintessentially European, methodically paced and intelligent slice of life.
  7. 63
    It is intensely involving at the outset, but it faces an insoluble problem: The story, like the characters, has no place to go.
  8. Though buoyed by excellent, unflinching performances, this melancholy drama reflects the dismally monotonous lives of its subjects just a little too well.
  9. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Imagine "The Full Monty" without any of the feel-good uplift, and you'd be pretty close to capturing what this bitter -- and often bitterly funny -- film from Spain is all about.
  10. Bardem injects a shaggy, compassionate humor throughout, aided by a wry and moving ensemble cast and co-writer/director Fernando León de Aranda's eye for the offbeat.
  11. The performances are relaxed. The open-ended, vignette-like structure of the filmmaking sometimes imitates the movement of weary, life-worn men nursing liquor.
  12. 67
    The lack of sentimentality and rhetoric is refreshing. It's a grown-up movie about some harsh facts of life.
  13. Tinged with sadness, and despite overstaying its welcome a wee bit, remains an anthem of insurrection, melding its political and humanistic truths into an almost dreamily subversive film tinged with humor and some small hope.
  14. A triumph of quiet realism, a piece of sophisticated, subtle filmmaking that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking.
  15. 80
    A tough-but-tender movie driven by perfectly modulated performances, an accomplished script and naturalistic dialogue, all at the service of an oft-told message about overcoming circumstances.
  16. To the patient viewer, the rewards are many, especially Bardem's performance.
  17. This slow, episodic film is held together by the galvanic presence of Javier Bardem.
  18. It's a long and relatively underdramatized film, but it's powerfully true.
  19. 75
    There's also enough laconic humor, warming camaraderie and hopeful stabs at dignity to keep the story from assuming the glum gunmetal gray of its setting on the coast of northwestern Spain.
  20. 75
    Loach makes a working metaphor of the old ant-and-grasshopper story, but the film's images are what echo the loudest.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. AaronS.
    Jul 19, 2006
    10
    wow. some moments of powerful dialogue, impeccably acted. yes, it's restrained.