• Studio: IFC
  • Release Date: Mar 15, 2002

Universal acclaim - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. 100
    One of those movies where "after that summer, nothing would ever be the same again." Yes, but it redefines "nothing."
  2. 100
    Echoes the unmistakable freshness and excitement of the Nouvelle Vague, the sense of joy in being alive and making movies, that made those works distinctive and unforgettable.
  3. That rare thing, a Hollywood teen flick transfigured into something like pubescent scripture: In the beginning, there was lust; in the end, there is knowledge.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Can be taken on many levels, and that's why it works so completely.
  5. 100
    A great, lusty movie in the tradition of Bertrand Blier's "Going Places."
  6. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    Frank, funny and true as "Ghost World."
  7. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Part travelogue, part road picture, part meditation on class, mortality and intimacy, this extraordinary little movie might be the perfect harbinger of summer, as astute as it is steamy.
  8. 100
    Cuaron's hot-blooded, haunting and wildly erotic film revels in the pleasures of the flesh without losing touch with thought and feeling.
  9. 100
    Raunchy, smart, ebullient, melancholy, insightful, surprising, funny, frank and sexy as all get-out.
  10. 100
    Teems with pot smoke, body parts and profane outbursts -- you ride a giggly wave throughout, jokes and turn-ons and shocking sights alternating in buoyant fashion.
  11. A vivid, thoughtful, unapologetically raw coming-of-age tale full of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
  12. 100
    One of the most joyous movies I've ever seen, and one of the handful of great erotic films the movies have given us.
  13. 100
    There are so many good things to say about this film it's hard to find a statement that really nails it. Perhaps we can leave at this: Y Tu Mama Tambien is originality writ large.
  14. Sad, funny, sexy, and altogether marvelous.
  15. Give yourself away to this movie and you'll be glad you did.
  16. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Aug 18, 2014
    The digressiveness of Y Tu Mamá También is its masterstroke.
  17. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    The eroticism in Cuaron’s road movie (which broke all box-office records in Mexico) is the real deal: tactile, sexy, psychologically charged.
  18. The funniest and most emotionally charged erotic road movie since Bertrand Blier's "Going Places."
  19. 90
    Director Alfonso Cuarón works with a quicksilver fluidity, and the movie is fast, funny, unafraid of sexuality and finally devastating.
  20. A genuine rarity: a sex comedy with brains.
  21. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    It's the way Cuarón demonstrates how a simple teen comedy can suddenly blossom into a study of sexual mores, a Mexican political allegory, a song of lamentation -- and still be breezy and funny and sexy as hell.
  22. "You're so lucky to live in Mexico," Luisa says. "Look at it -- it breathes with life." So does Y Tu Mama Tambien, both the pant of passion and shuddering sigh of regret.
  23. Like watching an American teen-sex comedy through a glass darkly.
  24. 88
    Unabashedly frank in its depiction of sex -- too frank, probably, for more discreet viewers -- but it's never exploitive or seedy.
  25. Reviewed by: Jonathan Perry
    Sensual, funny, and moving film.
  26. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    If this sounds like an old-fashioned sex comedy, it is -- sexy, for sure, and funny, in wild spurts.
  27. 80
    In elevating bawdy teen farce to political metaphor without squeezing the fun out, Alfonso Cuarón has pulled off a nice little miracle.
  28. 80
    In the wild and consistently surprising Y Tu Mamá También, anything isn't the half of it.
  29. Director Alfonso Cuaron ("A Little Princess") gets vivid, convincing performances from a fine cast, and generally keeps things going at a rapid pace.
  30. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    There is plenty to inflame in this picture and nothing to corrupt. [18 Mar 2002. p.152]
  31. 70
    For what could easily have been a slickly vulgar variation on "American Pie" or "Porky's", this libidinous comedy explores some unusually complicated territory, and benefits greatly from Verdú's unpredictable performance as Luisa.
  32. 70
    It has the charm of the original American road movies, feasting on the gorgeous, ramshackle landscape of the filmmaker's motherland.
  33. 63
    It's often diverting and occasionally funny, but it's ultimately inconsequential.
  34. Reviewed by: Bradley Gibson
    The story is set in real world Mexico, not a cleaned-up movie world simulacrum.
  35. Too much repetition and an unconvincing finale take a toll on the film's overall effectiveness.
  36. Reviewed by: Leonardo Garcia Tsao
    The film's biggest limitation is its oversexed, underdeveloped male duo. Playing like a south-of-the-border version of Beavis and Butt-head, the teenagers have but one thought in their heads.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 145 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 63
  2. Negative: 10 out of 63
  1. Aug 24, 2011
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  2. SamS.
    Jun 13, 2007
    Very good film. Better than I thought it would be. Storyline is excellent.
  3. TyeN.
    Aug 7, 2006
    This is an excellent film and, like Maria Full of Grace, is almost too real in it's subject. The actors, along with the excellent This is an excellent film and, like Maria Full of Grace, is almost too real in it's subject. The actors, along with the excellent script, convey these characters and these situations with such authenticity it's almost a documentary. Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna are great, but Maribel Verdu is fantastic as the glue that holds the film together. Her performance is stunning. Alfonso Cuaron's direction is amazing, and this film is most definitely a must see. Full Review »