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  • Summary: Abandoned by their girlfriends for the summer, two teenagers meet an exotic older woman at a wedding, and they embark on a road trip together.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. A vivid, thoughtful, unapologetically raw coming-of-age tale full of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    100
    Can be taken on many levels, and that's why it works so completely.
  3. 100
    One of those movies where "after that summer, nothing would ever be the same again." Yes, but it redefines "nothing."
  4. 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.
  5. Like watching an American teen-sex comedy through a glass darkly.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    If this sounds like an old-fashioned sex comedy, it is -- sexy, for sure, and funny, in wild spurts.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 63
  2. Negative: 10 out of 63
  1. AnnaP.
    Jun 4, 2003
    10
    Beautiful film about people discovering their personalities. Breath-taking pictures and love scenes. A panorama of the Mexican people from different social classes. Amazing and very erotic...Really worth seeing it! Expand
  2. SamS.
    Jun 13, 2007
    10
    Very good film. Better than I thought it would be. Storyline is excellent.
  3. EduardoR.
    Nov 8, 2005
    10
    One of the best films of the year.
  4. Neal
    May 26, 2006
    10
    Pure captivation!!!
  5. TyeN.
    Aug 7, 2006
    10
    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. Expand
  6. Aug 24, 2011
    9
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  7. AugustG.
    Dec 30, 2005
    0
    You call this a movie? It's hardcore/softcore porn with a plot. If the director added a few more sex scenes this movie would've premiered on the Spice Channel. The director might as well said "We're gonna film two Mexican boys getting their brains screwed out by a 28 year old harlot as they traypse across Mexico in search of a beach that doesn't even exist." which is wrong from the get go. If I want to entertain myself with something like this nature I'd read Madame Bovary than watch this sexed up piece of crap. Collapse

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