Spanglish
Spanglish (2004)

Married couple John and Deborah Clasky has their mundane lives forever changed when a fiery new housekeeper, Flor, and her intelligent daughter step into their home. Although Flor and John do not share a common language, Flor speaks only… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 5, 2005
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Critic Score
53%
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61%



Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Paz Vega shines, and Adam Sandler gives a performance of thoughtfulness and depth, but Spanglish is ultimately undermined by sitcommy plotting and unearned uplift.

David Ansen
Newsweek

There are signs that a lot has been cut, and in trimming his film Brooks may have squeezed too tight: his movie needs breathing space.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

The film gets better as it goes along ... and all the characters, including Deborah, become more interesting and appealing as we get to know them better.

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

Spanglish is a heartfelt, funny, sad, human story about what people want and what they should do; about culture's colliding and maintaining their individuality; and about what parents do for their children.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

This is Hollywood liberal humanism as muted join-the-dots melodrama, all carefully calculated colouring, broad outlines, and no room for fruitful digression.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Brooks, fumbling around with too many characters and too many issues, can't find the heart of the story or give heart to the part of it he chose to focus on.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Mixed messages wrapped in stale stereotypes.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Vega radiates effortless strength and charm in her first Hollywood role, and Sandler proves to be a gratifyingly unpredictable leading man, self-effacing one moment and hilariously emphatic the other.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The film too often seems to be talking down, to its subjects and to its audience.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's no masterpiece--I can admit--but the performances won me over in the end...

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
I'm being generous giving it 3 stars but it is well written, is a good story and does always stick to the same formulaic pace that many Hollywood films… More
Spencer S.
The ever amazing dramatic performance of Sandler, the desperaging Leoni, and the foolhard Vega all work in tandem very well.
Apeneck Fletcher
An interesting ensemble piece with wonderful performances by all concerned. One of Sandler's best, Leoni a diamond of neediness, Leachman ... one of my… More
Richard C
C+
Steven Carrier
"Spanglish" is the lesser of James L. Brooks' directorial efforts mainly because he is trying so obviously for cultural commentary. His films are… More
Chris Weber
This is a movie where I could just shut up and enjoy it, taking it at face value, or I could totally use it in a discussion about the modern immigrant… More

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