Bella (Beauty)
Bella (Beauty) (2006)

A man whose life is about to be changed forever discovers that sometimes it takes losing it all to finally appreciate the things that truly matter in director Alejandro Monteverde's emotional tale of self-discovery.

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 9, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 7, 2008
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Critics labeled Bella as a simplistic and mostly pedestrian, but positive word of mouth gave this tiny indie surprising theatrical legs.

Susan Walker
Toronto Star

This is not a weepy, but a story about healing, forgiveness and redemption.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Bella is certainly a sweet, life-affirming picture, but it's just not authentic or captivating enough to justify its wildly concocted scenario.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

The film is nicely shot in New York and subtitled "One moment can change your life forever". There's not a moment here likely to change ours.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

From the quiet performances to the sensitive direction, everything about this movie is convincing except the very story that drives it.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Rarely are crowd-pleasers so effortlessly artful.

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Felix Gonzalez Jr.
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Bella is without doubt one of the least apologetic blendings of heartfelt intentions, cinematic manipulation, and ultra sentimentality that I have seen in some time.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Corn smothered in queso, this sentimental hokum sticks in your throat.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Alejandro Gomez Monteverde's first feature may have more heart than head, but it's also just as interesting for what it leaves out of its romantic story as for what it retains.

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

Bella is mostly harmless, feel-good fare, and not unlike a TV movie of the week in depth. And you could take your old granny with you to see it, without fear.

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