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Based on 30 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 6 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This movie will get under your skin. show more

  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    A Better Life isn't an instant classic, but it tells its story with a simplicity and compassion that other urban dramas would be wise to emulate. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Its deceptive simplicity makes A Better Life so emotionally profound. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Feels more earnest than real. Still, its sincerity is admirable, and often touching. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    By keeping things simple and understated, director Chris Weitz and screenwriter Eric Eason have crafted a little gem where humanity is observed with compassion, not condescension. show more

  • 70
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Bichir - who played Fidel Castro in "Che" - resists the pathetic impulse, bringing dignity and distinction to a man who wakes up every morning knowing it's not just his burden but his job to be invisible. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The performances are pitch perfect, even including Gabriel Chavarria as Ramon, the man who steals the truck. It adds an important element to the film that he embodies a desperate man, not a bad one. show more

  • 75
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    With such classics as "El Norte" and, more recently, "Sin Nombre" and "Under the Same Moon" having addressed the subject matter already and so well, viewers might be forgiven for asking just how many immigration movies we need. As A Better Life proves, as many as there are stories to tell. show more

  • 75
    Jennie Punter The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Speaking of moves, A Better Life is an interesting one for Weitz, who produced "American Pie" and directed "The Golden Compass" and, ahem, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." Whatever the reason (his grandmother was a Mexican movie actress), this film feels more personal that just a gig. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    The power in this movie is the way Chris Weitz trusts us to discover the facts for ourselves. show more

  • February 16, 2012 my00000000113148
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    loved the story it really shows what may people live as an immigrant, tha every day parenting issues are reflected in ths movie. A better life will be a look in the mirrow for millions across the border.

  • December 29, 2011 joichase
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    tarest movie I\'ve seen in a long time. Oscar worth in my viw. A lot of depthy with lessons for all of us.

  • July 31, 2011 an00000000083623
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    Touches the heart.

  • July 22, 2011 Ann NM
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    I loved this movie it is very heart warming. The acting is outstanding. A must see.

  • July 20, 2011 jbdlawyer
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    This movie is quite good. It is well acted. It is designed to tug at your heartstrings and evoke sympathy for immigrants. It presents a very sympathetic character and paints a picture of injustice to the Hispanic father -- the acting, agin is quite briiliant. However, in its effort to invoke sympathy for the cause, it glosses over a bunch of facts-- Why was the immigrant denied a work visa or other legal access to the USA? The only explaination offered is that he was somehow swindled by a \"greedy lawyer\" who never got him the necessary legal permission for him to remain in America. His sister seems to have been able to become a legimate USA citizen. No explanation as to why she was legal and her brother was not. Mention is also made of the boys / mother father\'s ex -wife, but not enough to show he was unfairly denied citizenship or the right to stay in the USA. The film only scratches the surface of a larger problem. Why is the he subject to dire poverty in his native Mexico? Why is his son allowed to attend public school despite his father\'s illegal staus? Surely America is not all bad-- the film states this implicitly- but not expressly. Nonetheless the film is a worthwhile attempt to look at a \"slice of life\" in a larger political problem. It shows that a person beset by poverty and other *************, can fight on . It shows the love of family and the opportunities available in America.

  • July 16, 2011 hb00000000096127
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    This is a very touching movie about the relationship between father and son. I realy enjoyed it

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