A Day Without a Mexican
A Day Without a Mexican (2004)

Marking the directorial debut of Sergio Arau, son of Like Water for Chocolate director Alfonso Arau, A Day Without a Mexican ponders the potentially catastrophic results that would occur if California-based Mexicans, who make up over a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 14, 2004
DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
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Critic Score: 27% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Marta Barber
Miami Herald

As many times you consider A Day Without a Mexican a crude and underdeveloped parody, there are moments that it vindicates itself with on-the-money situations.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

By the film's end, we're more beleaguered than enlightened.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Feels scattered, and inept, and takes a golden opportunity slamming it into the floor.

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Achy Obejas
Chicago Tribune

The movie in its extended version is frequently muddled, emotionally messy, a little heavy-handed and misses the real opportunity presented by the new format.

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John McMurtrie
San Francisco Chronicle

The tone is often that of a preachy after-school special, down to the instructional messages that regularly flash across the screen.

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Jorge Avila Andrade

'Tiene la honestidad de ser una divertida y, por momentos compleja, denuncia de los maltratos y desprecio a los que son sometidos nuestros compatriotas en el extranjero'

Michael Booth
Denver Post

Charming if amateurish farce of a movie.

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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News

Arau has expanded his satirical short from 1998 into one joke that he solemnly beats to death for 100 minutes.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

For the first hour director Arau ... and his co-writer and wife, actress Arizmendi, negotiate the story's tricky mix of comedy, social satire and science fiction with surprising aplomb.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Megan S
I know I've seen this movie but it was pretty forgettable.
Joseph Eastmond
Starts out funny, and then just stays rather boring...
James Alvarez
Like a Saturday Night Live skit that plays for 2 hours. I'm glad that Sergio Arau shows how if Mexicans were to dissapear all the low level jobs would have… More
Sarah Prisbylla
This movie is really cheesy and looked like something from 1984 rather than 2004 but it does start a good conversation about immigration and makes you think!
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"A Day without a Mexican" is a film about a mysterious fog enveloping the state of California. Then, the entire Hispanic… More
Nathan Litton
This movie was disappoiting. It had a low production value and all the characters were just gross characterizations. The acting was not all that good. They… More