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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 upscale American family. (Sony) Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 37
  2. Negative: 7 out of 37
  1. 88
    A rich blend of humor and heartbreak.
  2. Brooks is solidly in charge of this feel-good fairy tale as he gets terrific performances from everyone including two super-talented child actors.
  3. 75
    trong on characters and relationships, but weak on some of the details that would elevate it from merely "good" to "great."
  4. Could have had charm if the characters had been more recognizable as human beings.
  5. Only resonates when he (Brooks) strips it all away and focuses on parent and child.
  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. Mar 1, 2014
    I am not Mexican-American nor am I a huge fan of Adam Sandler, but I found this film to be surprisingly well-made and effective. I found Paz Vega in particular very good. Expand
  2. Aug 8, 2012
    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 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
  3. Apr 11, 2013
    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 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
  4. Nov 7, 2012
    This movie drove me literally insane. Everything happens so slowly, and everyone struggles so much to build relationships and communicate with one another that it is ultimately exasperating. Expand

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