Mondays in the Sun


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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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  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. 75
    Loach makes a working metaphor of the old ant-and-grasshopper story, but the film's images are what echo the loudest.
  4. 63
    It is intensely involving at the outset, but it faces an insoluble problem: The story, like the characters, has no place to go.
  5. 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.
  6. The story's rambling, meandering style is just right for the melancholy subject being explored, and all the acting is excellent.
  7. The performances are relaxed. The open-ended, vignette-like structure of the filmmaking sometimes imitates the movement of weary, life-worn men nursing liquor.
  8. A triumph of quiet realism, a piece of sophisticated, subtle filmmaking that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking.
  9. Though buoyed by excellent, unflinching performances, this melancholy drama reflects the dismally monotonous lives of its subjects just a little too well.
  10. 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.
  11. By turns wry, rueful and explosively funny.
  12. 67
    The lack of sentimentality and rhetoric is refreshing. It's a grown-up movie about some harsh facts of life.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Bardem plays the part with all the pent-up animal rage of a young Robert De Niro.
  14. 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.
  15. This slow, episodic film is held together by the galvanic presence of Javier Bardem.
  16. 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    A quintessentially European, methodically paced and intelligent slice of life.
  18. 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.
  19. To the patient viewer, the rewards are many, especially Bardem's performance.
  20. It's a long and relatively underdramatized film, but it's powerfully true.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. AaronS.
    Jul 19, 2006
    wow. some moments of powerful dialogue, impeccably acted. yes, it's restrained.