• Studio: IFC
  • Release Date: Mar 15, 2002
Metascore
88

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. 63
    It's often diverting and occasionally funny, but it's ultimately inconsequential.
  3. 100
    Cuaron's hot-blooded, haunting and wildly erotic film revels in the pleasures of the flesh without losing touch with thought and feeling.
  4. 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.
  5. The funniest and most emotionally charged erotic road movie since Bertrand Blier's "Going Places."
  6. Too much repetition and an unconvincing finale take a toll on the film's overall effectiveness.
  7. Give yourself away to this movie and you'll be glad you did.
  8. Sad, funny, sexy, and altogether marvelous.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    100
    Can be taken on many levels, and that's why it works so completely.
  11. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    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.
  12. 88
    Unabashedly frank in its depiction of sex -- too frank, probably, for more discreet viewers -- but it's never exploitive or seedy.
  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. 80
    In the wild and consistently surprising Y Tu Mamá También, anything isn't the half of it.
  15. 90
    Director Alfonso Cuarón works with a quicksilver fluidity, and the movie is fast, funny, unafraid of sexuality and finally devastating.
  16. A genuine rarity: a sex comedy with brains.
  17. 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.
  18. "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.
  19. 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.
  20. 100
    A great, lusty movie in the tradition of Bertrand Blier's "Going Places."
  21. Like watching an American teen-sex comedy through a glass darkly.
  22. 70
    It has the charm of the original American road movies, feasting on the gorgeous, ramshackle landscape of the filmmaker's motherland.
  23. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    If this sounds like an old-fashioned sex comedy, it is -- sexy, for sure, and funny, in wild spurts.
  24. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Aug 18, 2014
    90
    The digressiveness of Y Tu Mamá También is its masterstroke.
  25. A vivid, thoughtful, unapologetically raw coming-of-age tale full of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
  26. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    The eroticism in Cuaron’s road movie (which broke all box-office records in Mexico) is the real deal: tactile, sexy, psychologically charged.
  27. Director Alfonso Cuaron ("A Little Princess") gets vivid, convincing performances from a fine cast, and generally keeps things going at a rapid pace.
  28. 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.
  29. 100
    Raunchy, smart, ebullient, melancholy, insightful, surprising, funny, frank and sexy as all get-out.
  30. 80
    In elevating bawdy teen farce to political metaphor without squeezing the fun out, Alfonso Cuarón has pulled off a nice little miracle.
  31. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    100
    Frank, funny and true as "Ghost World."
  32. Reviewed by: Jonathan Perry
    88
    Sensual, funny, and moving film.
  33. Reviewed by: Bradley Gibson
    60
    The story is set in real world Mexico, not a cleaned-up movie world simulacrum.
  34. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    100
    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.
  35. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    70
    There is plenty to inflame in this picture and nothing to corrupt. [18 Mar 2002. p.152]
  36. Reviewed by: Leonardo Garcia Tsao
    40
    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
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 163 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 63
  2. Negative: 10 out of 63
  1. Apr 5, 2012
    2
    I cannot believe this movie has this high score! It is soooo overrated! I mean, there is no real story, it is just sex and the end is soI cannot believe this movie has this high score! It is soooo overrated! I mean, there is no real story, it is just sex and the end is so corny! This is the type of Spanish movie that in Europe (especially Spain) is known as 'made to sell, because sex sells' but of course in our Anglo-Saxon countries, we believe that just because a movie comes from Europe -especially Spain, or France- is good, but that way of thinking is so naive!!!. Honestly, this movie is so disappointing! If I give him a 2 is because well, because ...I don't even know why, perhaps there are worse movies that I don't manage to finish watching, and I did finish watching this one! Anyway, I have no intentions to ever watch this movie again. It is slow, and doesn't have a good storyline. The performances are plain, so is the photography; and even the actors's looks (male and female) were nothing but plain...so absolutely nothing to enjoy, or applaud! PS: Did you know that many Spaniards- I mean many- avoid watching Spanish movies precisely because the abuse of sex and the lack of argument...?and many of those movies that there are considered movies for the taste of the 'masses' (and by 'masses' they do not mean, merely 'working class', but has more of a 'cheap' 'vulgar' connotation) are praised outside Spain! Embarrasing! Full Review »
  2. Aug 24, 2011
    9
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  3. SamS.
    Jun 13, 2007
    10
    Very good film. Better than I thought it would be. Storyline is excellent.