Bless Me, Ultima
Bless Me, Ultima (2013)

Director Carl Franklin (One False Move, Devil in a Blue Dress) helmed this adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya's controversial novel about a young boy and the enigmatic healer who opens his eyes to the wonders of the spiritual realm. New… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 22, 2013
DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Aassured, sensitive, and commendably unpretentious.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Theater firebrand and big-screen presence Miriam Colon portrays Ultima with a minimum of fuss and a gorgeous supply of elder authority.

Eric D. Snider

A thoughtful, sentimental fable.

Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

The lyrical book is filled with touches of magical realism. On the other hand, the movie is sorely lacking in both magic and realism. It's all very empty and blah.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Writer-director Carl Franklin offers up a tone of heightened reverence that weighs down the material, but there are small, lovely moments when the magic realism approaches the magical.

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Todd Jorgenson

... bogged down by its deliberate pace, reliance on Catholic symbolism, and its one-dimensional characters.

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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter

An offbeat slice of Americana will intrigue thoughtful moviegoers.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A deeply satisfying feat of storytelling, "Bless Me, Ultima" makes a difficult task look easy.

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Sean Axmaker
Seattle Weekly

[Director Carl] Franklin is sensitive to the way boys interact, bump chests, bicker, and bond-just as he is to how adults justify their hypocrisy and excuse their failures.

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Mark Hobin
Bless me Ultima is based on Rudolfo Anaya's widely read and critically acclaimed 1972 novel. A major work of Mexican-American literature in classrooms, it… More
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Jesse Ortega
While this isn't an outstanding coming-of-age film, it is a very intelligent story about this boy who loses his religion. I don't mean to say that… More