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  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    The film often stumbles in translation, trying to define too many characters in too little time. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    What might have made Bless Me, Ultima more powerful would have been additional scenes with its mystical title character. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Farber The Hollywood Reporter

    This material would never have attracted a major studio, so Christy Walton — heir to the Wal-Mart fortune — financed the picture herself, not because of any desire to become a movie mogul but simply because of her passion for the novel. She allowed the filmmakers to work without major stars or obvious commercial hooks added to the story. Although the film doesn’t always sustain dramatic impact, its fidelity to the spirit of the novel is impressive. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Carl Franklin's film is true to the tone and spirit of the book. It is patient and in no hurry. It allows a balanced eye for the people in its hero's family who tug him one way and another. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The results are pretty, and sometimes beautiful. They're also a tad stiff, and the dialogue and voice-over narration sometimes has the ring of a scrupulously faithful adaptation. show more

  • 63
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Obviously a labor love, and its very existence in a godforsaken marketplace is a minor miracle. show more

  • 50
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    The film isn’t overlong. But it tries to fit so many themes into its brief running time — that it merely touches on most conflicts instead of exploring them in depth or with any delicacy. show more

  • 50
    Glenn Heath Jr. Slant Magazine

    The film's interest in social themes remains background fodder within a far more generic good-versus-evil narrative. show more

  • 50
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    It’s an engaging yarn, set in a place, a time and among a people rarely represented on the big screen. But “Ultima” is a poetic novel that becomes prosaic on the screen. show more

  • 40
    Arizona Republic

    The lyrical book is filled with touches of magical realism. On the other hand, the movie is sorely lacking in both magic and realism. It’s all very empty and blah. show more

  • February 25, 2013 PANCHITA'S AOL
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    BACK IN THE 70s WE READ THIS IN ONE OF MY CHICANO STUDIES CLASSES AT CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE....ALWAYS A FAVORITE...AND WAS ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THE MOVIE ...I WAITED A LONG TIME! I AM ON MY WAY TO VIEW IT,....HOPE IT IS AS GOOD AS THE BOOK...AND KUDOS TO DENNIS MARTINEZ...THE BOOKs ILLUSTRATOR...

  • November 05, 2012 rhluvs2ski
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    Brillliant, gentle and beautiful film of life in northern New Mexico in the mid 1940\'s , post WWII

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