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  • Summary: Quinceañera is a look at what happens when teenage sexuality, age-old rituals and real estate prices collide. It is a story fueled by the racial, class and sexual tensions of Echo Park, a Latino neighborhood in transition. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    100
    One of the most perceptive movies about the gentrification of Los Angeles.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    88
    On the surface, each of these characters fits a familiar Latino stereotype--teen harlot, "el bandido" and male buffoon--yet the movie insists on giving each person dimension.
  3. Despite much of the turmoil depicted, there is a sweetness to parts of this film that is reminiscent of the 1961 British movie "A Taste of Honey."
  4. 75
    Quinceañera sketches its characters and conflicts with warmth and empathy.
  5. Despite some awkwardness, this feature by writer-directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland is a fascinating look at the area's Mexican-American milieu and other local subcultures, full of feeling, insight, and touching performances.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    This is a fresh, spirited drama, charming and unpretentious. It mines a similar vein to recent Latino-themed pics such as "Raising Victor Vargas" and "Real Women Have Curves."
  7. Tthis isn't just any setup, is it: It's suds being sold as ethno-sensitive reality, a case of coveting thy neighbor's fiesta.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. GustavoB.
    Aug 15, 2006
    10
    This film is a breakthrough -- an indie without an ironic distance from its subject matter. Really emotionally satisfying.
  2. RyanM.
    Aug 17, 2006
    10
    I loved how they developed each of the characters, which was kind of difficult considering the diversity of each of their backgrounds.
  3. Mase
    Aug 15, 2006
    8
    An LA movie, that angelenos may apprciate and relate to more than others, very well shot and fairly entertaining. While the acting can be An LA movie, that angelenos may apprciate and relate to more than others, very well shot and fairly entertaining. While the acting can be painfully ameturish, there is still a sense of sweetness. I'm surprised at the amount of awards this film as won it's good but not quite great. Expand
  4. NancyH
    Sep 7, 2006
    8
    This movie grows on you. The supporting actors were obviously homegrown and the film had that flavor. But the story, humor and humanity carry This movie grows on you. The supporting actors were obviously homegrown and the film had that flavor. But the story, humor and humanity carry this film thru. Give Emily Rios a few more years but Jesse Garcia is ready now. The actor who played Tio was the best--fabulous heart, voice, and humanity. It's amazing to see LA in this light--submerged in a subculture of Mexico. A very enjoyable film. Expand
  5. BillyS.
    Aug 31, 2006
    7
    Went to see this without knowing anything about it as it opened without fanfare at the local Art house for 1 week run before the theatre Went to see this without knowing anything about it as it opened without fanfare at the local Art house for 1 week run before the theatre closes to be replaced by condos. What a great finale it was! A simple story with rich layered characters living in a world I knew nothing about. Emily Rios is an actress to look out for and the movie has an endearing quailty that draws you in like you're another member of the large extended family the movie captures. If you liked Maria Full of Grace, you'll love Quinceanera. Expand
  6. ArmondA.
    Apr 10, 2007
    7
    If there's one thing I hate it's a sappy, manipulative, feel-good-and-bring-the-tissues movie that makes conservative, If there's one thing I hate it's a sappy, manipulative, feel-good-and-bring-the-tissues movie that makes conservative, church-going, anti-gay, abstinence-only, folks swell with self-satisfaction. This little movie-confection is as sweet for the rest of us. While it breaks no ground in technique or narrative, it contains a number of small surprises, particularly in its division of white hats and black hats among the various ethnic and social groups that form the fabric of the story. Perhaps this is the new century's version of William Saroyan's Human Comedy. Expand
  7. WestSide
    Aug 22, 2006
    0
    based completely on stereotypes. gee how original. i bet the screenplay was written in an LA starbucks (on the east side for some cred). 100% based completely on stereotypes. gee how original. i bet the screenplay was written in an LA starbucks (on the east side for some cred). 100% lame, even racist. Expand

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