A Better Life
A Better Life (2011)

From the director of About a Boy comes A Better Life - a touching, poignant, multi-generational story about a father's love and the lengths a parent will go to give his child the opportunities he never had. -- (C) Summit

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 24, 2011
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2011
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

The didacticism takes the shine off Weitz's accomplishment, even if the film builds up enough empathy to generate slow-burning emotional impact.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The people here seem real, their world is shaky at best, and the political tension that permeates everything in this film feels palpable.

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Katherine Monk
National Post

...Weitz finds a third character in the form of the L.A. landscape. Appearing entirely Eden-like when we're in the gardens with Carlos, but rundown and seedy when he's in his own element, the city assumes all the dimensions of the American dream itself.

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Leonard Maltin

A Better Life has more to offer than good intentions: it's sincere and credible, which is more than I can say about an awful lot of movies. Yet something about it kept me at arm's length: I felt the filmmakers' presence instead of...

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Bichir redeems the secondhand plot and on-the-nose dialogue.

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Clayton Davis

The film's beautiful simplicity is carried massively on the work of Demián Bichir, instantly and surely one of the best performances seen in 2011.

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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail

Bichir delivers a powerful, nuanced performance as a stoic but complex character who treats everyone -- even those who have wronged him -- with a dignity he rarely receives.

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Greg Quill
Toronto Star

Personalizes the illegal immigrant experience and digs much deeper into what has become a national disgrace.

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

Well-acted, but quite over-hyped -- a melodramatic Mexican-American version of "Bicycle Thieves."

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Looks at a very real problem with an excellent script that keeps your interest, plays with your emotions, and has some very real insights into a problem… More
danny d
a touching film. part bicycle thief, part political statement, wrapped in to an engaging father and son story. bichir's performance was excellent and the… More
Pedro Holanda
<i>Every father wants more for his son</i> <b>Genuinely moving</b> This subtle dramatic film is extremely powerful and moving. The… More
Melvin White
Carlos Galindo: This truck is my only chance to grow this into something big. So we can move out of here and get you in a better school. "Every father… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Corny telenovela full of one dimensional characters. Next time try to make a better movie.
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
A Better Life is director Chris Weitz's (Twilight: New Moon; About a Boy) and writer Eric Eason's take on the life of illegal immigrants in Los… More