Quinceañera (Echo Park, L.A.)
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Magdalena is the daughter of a Mexican-American family that runs a storefront church in Echo Park, Los Angeles. With her 15th birthday approaching, all she can think about is her boyfriend, her Quinceañera dress, and the Hummer Limo she hopes will carry her on her special day. But, a few months before the celebration, Magdalena falls pregnant. As the elaborate preparations for her Quinceañera proceed, it is only a matter of time before her religious father finds out and rejects her. Forced out of her home, Magdalena moves in with her great-great uncle, Tomas, an old man who makes his living by… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"Touching, charming and very engagingly played, it offers perceptive insights into LA Latino culture as well as solid, slightly old-fashioned entertainment."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"You realize that, while pretending to break ground, Quinceañera is ultimately stuck in familiar Hollywood formulas."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"This celebrated Sundance prizewinner doesn't look quite so special. Actually, it seems Very Special--as in one of those Very Special Episodes of an ongoing television series."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"(the writer-directors) fill their story with well-observed contrasts... Although 'Quinceanera' is full of distinctly Hispanic sounds and flavors, its themes of tolerance and understanding should apply to any culture."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The underwhelming drama contains echoes of so many other indie flicks that anything original is all but drowned out."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The setting and the people in it make Quinceanera a party worth an RSVP."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"[Has]courage to look realistically, instead of idealistically, at some dubious civic practices; and second, honesty about the painful feelings of kids coupled with their desperate need for love and guidance and their ultimate desire to do the right thing."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"The writing is not always as developed as one would wish it, but this seems almost paltry in light of the dramatic truth and rivetingly real performances which are elicited."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The film is filled with heart and good humor, but there is a bit of edge to it as well."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Though it doesn't ride quite as smoothly as that Hummer limo Magdalena fantasizes over, the film succeeds as a heartfelt slice-of-life examining a culture too often ignored in film."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"It feels awkward, both in the pat screenplay and the uneven direction."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"Sweet, formulaic and forgettable."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"This is a satisfying, spicy little picture."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Lovely and lovable."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"Emily Rios is terrific as Magdalena, brilliantly capturing both her character's confusion and her determination to get on with her life."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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