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Three intense human relationship stories are interlaced during one night in contemporary Acapulco. Once upon a time a luxurious port, now in decadence, Acapulco serves as a background for a suicidal old man, for a 15 year old runaway girl, and for a young couple who face the hardships of separation after a tragic break up.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Drama/Mex has flashy style but puppetlike characters and unconvincing stories."
‑ Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times
"Visually arresting but thematically uneven, Gerardo Naranjo's fictional snapshot of a gritty Mexican beach is simply too desperate to shock us."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"[Director Gerardo] Naranjo seems to be onto something, even if he doesn't quite get it right this time out."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It is just too bad that the location is far more evocative than the drama itself."
‑ Pam Grady, Reel.com
"Writer/director Naranjo is a talent worth keeping an eye on -- provided he can find his own idiom and less predictable subject matter. And it's impossible to take your eyes off the ravishing Garcia in her debut."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"This relentlessly downbeat portrait of numerous troubled characters is ultimately too derivative and familiar for it to connect with art house audiences despite some effective moments and good performances by its mainly youthful cast."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Drama/Mex can't see past its nihilistic little nose."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"The murky melodrama's vicarious perversions may set a dubious new low standard in cinema - gross-out tragedy."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"The turgid pace and shaky camerawork, both seemingly a deliberate style, evaporate whatever cinema-geek enjoyment there might have been."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"'Drama/Mex' fails to supply motivation for or roundness to its unappealing inhabitants, and its two stories lack any reflection to one another."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Drama/Mex has an overheated plot, but it plays out at a low boil, mainly because Naranjo is more interested in the subtle stresses of human interaction than in shrill desperation."
‑ , AV Club
"All the edgy style in the world canâ(TM)t camouflage a black hole. Drama/Mex turns loose these insistently shallow characters and provides no insight into their bad behavior."
‑ Tom Beer, Time Out New York
"This morally-ambiguous adventure's cleverly-concealed, parallel powder keg plotlines are sufficiently compelling to keep you riveted to these loco losers' predicaments till the bitter end."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"A Mexican drama set in Acapulco that revolves around flimsily drawn characters who fail to elicit our empathy."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"At its heart, Drama/Mex is a story of people struggling to fulfill their roles, and the camera's forceful gaze is their confessional box."
‑ Paul Schrodt, Slant Magazine
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