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February 25, 2013
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
Brillliant, gentle and beautiful film of life in northern New Mexico in the mid 1940's , post WWII
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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. Full Review
What might have made Bless Me, Ultima more powerful would have been additional scenes with its mystical title character. Full Review
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. Full Review
Glenn Heath Jr.
The film's interest in social themes remains background fodder within a far more generic good-versus-evil narrative. Full Review
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Obviously a labor love, and its very existence in a godforsaken marketplace is a minor miracle. Full Review