Abel (2013)

Actor Diego Luna stepped behind the camera to direct this warm drama about a young boy whose emotional problems take him in an unexpected direction. Abel is an unstable child whose issues have only gotten worse since his father walked out… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 6, 2013
DVD Release Date: July 3, 2012
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Engrossing, intelligent fare.

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Matthew Turner

Enjoyable, off-beat drama that's both darkly funny and emotionally engaging, thanks to assured direction from Diego Luna and a terrific central performance from young Christopher Ruiz-Esparza.

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Tom Seymour
Little White Lies

Abel may mark the beginning of a major new Latin American voice.

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Philip French

After its edgy, deliberately puzzling first hour, it starts to run out of steam, but at 85 minutes it doesn't overstay its welcome.

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)

A slow-burning but satisfying comedy that goes for gentle humour rather than belly laughs.

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Leo Robson
Financial Times

A comedy that is creepy and amusing in just the right measures.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

Diego Luna's promising debut as a director is a slight and charming tale of a troubled young boy's retreat into fantasy.

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Peter Bradshaw

It's an intriguing film...

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Luna makes fine use of production designer Brigitte Broch's shabbily cosy interiors to prevent the film from turning into a twee shantytown fairy tale...

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
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The drama lies in everyday situations for adults, but dangerous ones for children. The comedy presents itself in the hilarity of kids acting as grownups. John… More

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