Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Actor Diego Luna stepped behind the camera to direct this warm drama about a young boy whose emotional problems take him in an unexpected direction. Abel is an unstable child whose issues have only gotten worse since his father walked out on the family. No one in the household is sure what to do for Abel or how they should behave around him, and a stay in a mental hospital does little to ground him. However, one day Abel wakes up and decides that he's the man of the house, and begins acting like his absent father rather than the youngest child. To the surprise of everyone, adult… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Engrossing, intelligent fare."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Enjoyable, off-beat drama that's both darkly funny and emotionally engaging, thanks to assured direction from Diego Luna and a terrific central performance from young Christopher Ruiz-Esparza."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Abel may mark the beginning of a major new Latin American voice."
‑ Tom Seymour, Little White Lies
"Mexican cinema adds another gem to its treasure chest."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"Abel is blighted by limp plotting and anaemic characters, leaving it as flat as a steamrollered tortilla."
‑ Matt Mueller, Total Film
"After its edgy, deliberately puzzling first hour, it starts to run out of steam, but at 85 minutes it doesn't overstay its welcome."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"A slow-burning but satisfying comedy that goes for gentle humour rather than belly laughs."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"A comedy that is creepy and amusing in just the right measures."
‑ Leo Robson, Financial Times
"Engaging and involving, and so bizarre that it's impossible to predict where the story's going"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"After nearly two decades in front of the camera, Luna has learned a thing or two about how to work behind it as well."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"Diego Luna's promising debut as a director is a slight and charming tale of a troubled young boy's retreat into fantasy."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"It's an intriguing film..."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Luna makes fine use of production designer Brigitte Broch's shabbily cosy interiors to prevent the film from turning into a twee shantytown fairy tale..."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Tender and affecting."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
More reviews for Abel on Rotten Tomatoes

More Like This