20 Centimeters (20 Centimetres) (20 centímetros)
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20 Centimeters (20 Centimetres) (20 centímetros)
A fantasy-prone transvestite who is looking to make the leap to transsexual status imagines that he is the star of a lavish universe punctuated by elaborate musical numbers in director Ramon Salazar's stylish sophomore feature. Adolfo (Monica Cervera) is a die-hard romantic who currently shares a cramped apartment with Tomas (Miguel O'Dogherty). Though he was born a man, Adolfo prefers to go by the name Marieta, and is currently stashing away the money needed to shed the male appendage that is holding him back from full womanhood. Sex-change operations don't come cheap, though, and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's not much to savor in the way of plot, and the film aimlessly wanders through Marietta's life."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Here's yet another self-consciously 'Almodóvarian' confection, studded with small odes to the glory of self-creation."
‑ Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly
"It all makes one think that the Spanish film industry needs to seriously get hold of itself and stop with these slavish, sub-Almodóvarian forays into excess."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The real joy of 20 Centimeters is taking in the spectacle of the song and dance, from cabaret to new wave."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Unfortunately, Salazar's cinematic skills do not extend to the musical realm, for the song and dance numbers in 20 Centimeters are charm-deprived, uninspired, and ineptly directed and choreographed."
‑ Timothy Knight, Reel.com
"Showing a stylistic bravura and confidence rare among upcoming Spanish helmers, Ramon Salazar's campy 20 Centimeters is a self-regarding but vastly entertaining sophomore effort."
‑ Jonathan Holland, Variety
"Size plays a major role in this brash, vivacious concoction of dark comedy, light drama and musical performance."
‑ Laura Kern, New York Times
"Every time 20 Centimeters feels a little slow or annoying, the quirky musical numbers kick in and their intense energy seems to make everything all right."
‑ Jette Kernion, Cinematical
"Whether she's acting like Marilyn Manson or Marilyn Monroe, Monica Cervera delivers an audaciously over the top and delectably rich comic performance."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"Salazar might not have created a completely satisfying film, but if you are looking for a cinematic curiosity way out of the ordinary, 20 centímetros will definitely do the trick."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, european-films.net
"Director Ramón Salazar, in only his second feature, distinguishes himself from others who so less effectively bend genres, and genders."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Director (Ramon) Salazar is no Pedro Almodóvar, try as he might."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Salazar has managed to drain all life out of what should naturally be a most lively project."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"Monica Cervera's fearless performance as the homely Marieta, whose movie-made dreams of glamour will never come true, is mesmerizing."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film's story may be slight but Salazar's sparkling tribute to an alternative lifestyle and unconventional female beauty is liberating."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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