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Based on 37 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A rich blend of humor and heartbreak. show more

  • 50
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    Leoni is a very attractive woman, and she should be credited for giving a brave performance, but her character starts to produce involuntary shudders when she appears onscreen. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The one movie families search for every Christmas for an outing, the way "Something's Gotta Give" was last year and "Jerry Maguire" was in 1996. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    I've enjoyed Ms. Leoni's comic gifts in the past, and I'll enjoy them again, but Spanglish asks her to play crazed, and she delivers with a performance of unremitting, crazymaking shrillness. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    A pepperpot bubbling with pungent insights and sharp wit, Spanglish is about how people, like cultures, are more alike than not. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    An unusually shallow and facile work for Brooks, but the writing and the performances - other than Leoni's - keep us at least halfway involved. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Brooks is solidly in charge of this feel-good fairy tale as he gets terrific performances from everyone including two super-talented child actors. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    What he's (Brooks) come up with is one of the most humane works ever made about the lives of working mothers. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is not quite the sitcom the setup seems to suggest; there are some character quirks that make it intriguing. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    trong on characters and relationships, but weak on some of the details that would elevate it from merely "good" to "great." show more

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