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  • Summary: Director and screenwriter Fernando León de Aranoa gives us a moving yet sobering tale of two young prostitutes in Madrid. (IFC Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Film works best as a soberly witty commentary on the workplace and makes an interesting companion piece to "Mondays in the Sun."
  2. 80
    Aranoa's bleak yet warmly humanistic Princesas deftly and sympathetically ponders the interlocked destinies of two Madrid prostitutes.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    80
    Princesas isn't the cliché "Pretty Woman" type romantic-comedy you'd expect – it's actually quite surprising.
  4. 70
    This loosely-structured pic feels authentic, its underdramatized script resolutely nonjudgmental.
  5. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    60
    De Aranoa never condescends to his subjects, and Caye's mixture of aggression and tenderness is appealingly authentic.
  6. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    58
    The way that Aranoa so clearly venerates his lively women feels Almodóvar-esque, but the movie aims most of all to suggest that hookerdom is hell -- and it's neither realistic nor unsentimental enough to pull that off.
  7. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    40
    A maudlin melodrama about prostitutes in Madrid, Princesas is not, alas, the new film by Pedro Almodóvar, but a dilution of his manner by the writer-director Fernando León de Aranoa.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. DianaR.
    Sep 6, 2006
    10
    Excellent film and potrayal of the life of prostitutes and the bonds that are made between them. The actress Micaela Nevarez was exceptional and is a natural for the big screen. Expand
  2. RoseH.
    Sep 5, 2006
    10
    I was very impressed with the acting. The story was very well protrayed.
  3. ChadS.
    Mar 30, 2007
    8
    No pimps; Caye(Candela Pena) and Zulema(Micaela Nevarez) are doin' it for themselves, but they still have the humiliation and stigma of whoring to deal with. No glamour; that's what films like "Princesas" and Lizzie Borden's "Working Girls" want to make clear, prostitutes are like any other worker that provides a service for the customer. They either tolerate you, or hate you. Zulema is like a lot of prostitutes we've met in other movies about the world's oldest confession; she's saving up enough money to return home and care for her son. Caye, on the other hand, is more complex. This thirty-something woman lives at home with her parents as if she was a grad student. Caye clearly doesn't like her job, but she's like Judd Hirsch's character in "Taxi". Like Alex Riegert, she makes no pretenses about her occupation as being some temporary situation. This is her life. She's not like Nancy Allen in "Dressed to Kill", who turns tricks in order to make financial investments. Caye wants to be a hooker, and to be respected by the man she loves. The title refers to Caye's desire to revel in the perk that any other woman enjoys with her boyfriend; to be picked up from work. "Princesas" is graphic, but not too graphic; poignant, and never condescending towards its subject. Expand
  4. MikeD.
    Apr 9, 2007
    3
    Despite an interesting premise, this movie is dead boring. I thought initially that a movie about hookers couldn't be all that bad - and I was wrong. It's a sappy chick flick that drags on and on. Pass on this movie. Expand

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