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  • Summary: A look at cultures colliding, as a beautiful native Mexican woman (Vega) becomes the housekeeper for an affluent Los Angeles family (Sandler, Leoni). Of all the horrifying pitfalls she worried about in this new culture, she never fathomed the peril of being truly embraced by an upscaleA look at cultures colliding, as a beautiful native Mexican woman (Vega) becomes the housekeeper for an affluent Los Angeles family (Sandler, Leoni). Of all the horrifying pitfalls she worried about in this new culture, she never fathomed the peril of being truly embraced by an upscale American family. (Sony) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 36
  2. Negative: 7 out of 36
  1. 88
    What he's (Brooks) come up with is one of the most humane works ever made about the lives of working mothers.
  2. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    80
    A satisfying and grown-up flick that boasts all of James L. Brooks' strengths. It's good to welcome back a unique, low-key voice.
  3. 75
    trong on characters and relationships, but weak on some of the details that would elevate it from merely "good" to "great."
  4. 50
    Whatever message Brooks was trying to put across with Spanglish, it clearly got lost in translaaaaaaaaaaation.
  5. Leoni is a very attractive woman, and she should be credited for giving a brave performance, but her character starts to produce involuntary shudders when she appears onscreen.
  6. Never quite works, despite the wonderful performances or the decency in the screenplay's margins.
  7. 20
    Spanglish is Brooks' unqualified kitchen disaster - a desperate, shapeless, overreaching big-screen sitcom of a movie that just wants to be loved. Is that so wrong? In a word, yes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 49
  2. Negative: 11 out of 49
  1. Tanya
    Sep 18, 2005
    10
    I really liked this movie. Mainly because I am Mexican-American and can relate to a lot of it. The spanish didn't pose a problem for me I really liked this movie. Mainly because I am Mexican-American and can relate to a lot of it. The spanish didn't pose a problem for me because duh! I understand it. I really would recommend this movie. It was awesome. ^.^ Expand
  2. Gerald
    Sep 18, 2005
    10
    Loved it!
  3. ScottW.
    Jun 25, 2010
    10
    This movie loves all its characters, each with their own foibles and hardships. The script bubbles with whimsy and intelligence. There are This movie loves all its characters, each with their own foibles and hardships. The script bubbles with whimsy and intelligence. There are many laugh out loud moments, but the humor always emerges from characters naturally, and advances their development. Two families converge, a Mexican immigrant turned au pair and her pubescent daughter, and a successful chef, his wife, their son and daughter and her alcoholic mother. Nearly every adult family member hurts the others incidentally--most sadly their children--as they pursue their own, not unworthy goals. But through the grace of a platonic romance between the chef and au pair, the convergent families nudge each into mindful repair of their relationships and a healthier view of themselves. Wonderful acting, especially a superlative Tea Leoni. This movie inspires and delights so, you won't walk away from it, you'll float. And your feet won't have to touch the ground, for a little while at least. Expand
  4. AraH.
    Dec 5, 2005
    9
    I don't know why so many critics panned the film. I suppose if hypersensitive far left liberals may be offended by some character I don't know why so many critics panned the film. I suppose if hypersensitive far left liberals may be offended by some character depictions or question the motives of the director. But I do believe that fair-minded intellectuals will appreciate the superb performances and the comedic tragedy of the film. Expand
  5. Aug 8, 2012
    8
    I don't typically watch movies like this, so I'm not sure exactly how to review it. The only reason I picked it up is because I'm a huge AdamI don't typically watch movies like this, so I'm not sure exactly how to review it. The only reason I picked it up is because I'm a huge Adam Sandler fan. The characters are well acted and the script is well written. It's funny, sweet, and at the same time heartbreaking. I really enjoyed this movie, but I do have some complaints, like I wish they had focused more on the clasky's kids. The son character is practically nonexistent in the movie, and I would have enjoyed more scenes so that we could learn more about how the daughter character is dealing with the rejection by her mother. But maybe it's best that they didn't as even without them the movie still manages to be great. And while the final product still pleases, I'm still left wondering what this movie would have been like if they had included them more. Still it's a great movie and one I do recommend. Expand
  6. Apr 11, 2013
    7
    I have always enjoyed this movie. I enjoy the premiss and the plot is for the most part pretty good. The mom in this movie does bug me but herI have always enjoyed this movie. I enjoy the premiss and the plot is for the most part pretty good. The mom in this movie does bug me but her character is very important and you're not meant to like her all that much. I have watched this movie more than once and it's still a good time to watch a second or third time. I also like to see Adam Sandler in a more serious movie that's not always like his bad comedies. Spanglish is worth watching. Expand
  7. RachelC
    Sep 19, 2007
    0
    The worst movie I've seen in years. Misogynistic crap: i.e. we are meant to laugh at a woman because she makes faces while having an The worst movie I've seen in years. Misogynistic crap: i.e. we are meant to laugh at a woman because she makes faces while having an orgasm, wants sex, and is bored since losing her job. And the contrast made with the supportive, maternal, sensual, and 'salt-of-the-earth' Latina maid is just a counterpoint of stereotypes (racial, gender, and class). Most of all though the film is all about support for Sandler (your hardworking everyman with a dream) and mean brutal hatred for his one-dimensional wife (Leoni). Invidious and evil stuff. Expand

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