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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 Spanish and John speaks only English, they soon find themselves romantically attracted to each other. This connection acts as a catalyst for both John and Flor to reevaluate their lives and motivates them to solve their respective family problems.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"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."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"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."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"There's a distinct lack of chemistry here and a strong whiff of moral sermonizing that undermines the romantic impact."
‑ Anna Smith, Film4
"A satisfying and grown-up flick that boasts all of James L. Brooksâ(TM) strengths."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
"This is Hollywood liberal humanism as muted join-the-dots melodrama, all carefully calculated colouring, broad outlines, and no room for fruitful digression."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Mixed messages wrapped in stale stereotypes."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The film racks up points for stressing in eloquent ways the importance of one's own roots, even when dwarfed or demeaned by the lure of the dominant, more affluent culture."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"Phony bourgeois film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"The film too often seems to be talking down, to its subjects and to its audience."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"It's no masterpiece--I can admit--but the performances won me over in the end..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"While the content isn't always pretty, the lessons are important. And, Brooks, thankfully, isn't afraid to face these themes, ugliness and all."
‑ Mary Lasse, Christianity Today
"Much as Spanglish makes their mutual attraction look magically real and charming, the prospect of John and Flor's romance remains alarming, and not just for the questions it raises about sleeping with the help."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
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