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Based on 31 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Glatzer and Westmoreland live in Echo Park, and they have given their film a remarkable sense of place. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Quinceañera is a spirited and poignant exploration of the bonds and challenges facing a Latino family and the pains of a community undergoing a transition of its own. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The whole thing comes together surprisingly well, as a celebration of its own milieu, and of a tender teen's transformation into a strong young woman. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The film is suffused with the generous, nonjudgmental spirit of Uncle Tomas, whose live-and-let-live attitude warms like the sun and who helps Magdalena and Carlos make the safe passage from adolescence to maturity. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    A natural crowd-pleaser, this year's big Sundance award winner is both overly familiar and surprisingly fresh. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Life-affirming without being saccharine and enormously entertaining, film could be one of those rare specialty pictures that crossover to a mainstream audience. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    One of the most perceptive movies about the gentrification of Los Angeles. show more

  • 88
    Peter Debruge Premiere

    On the surface, each of these characters fits a familiar Latino stereotype--teen harlot, "el bandido" and male buffoon--yet the movie insists on giving each person dimension. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Quinceanera took both the dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and it's easy to see why. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Using a semi-documentary approach, Glatzer and Westmoreland circumvent the considerable potential for sentimentality inherent in their story, instead taking a frank and direct approach to kids who, while far from hardened, are nowhere near innocent, either. show more

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