How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer
How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2008)

Georgina Garcia Riedel's comedy How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer stars Lucy Gallardo, Elizabeth Peņa, and America Ferrara as three generations in a family. Teenager Blanca (Ferrara) detests the boys in her small town and takes on… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: May 16, 2008
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: At turns comical and sincere, Garcia Girls is an intelligent and intimate portrait of three women finding love at different ages.

Dennis Harvey

While there are rewards to sticking with this tempest-in-teapot saga of sexual awakening across three family generations of Mexican-American women, its pacing is leisurely to the brink of stasis.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Like Blanca and her friends, walking languidly down the street, then spontaneousy grabbing a shopping cart for a ride, Reidel plays with the rhythm of her enjoyably unhurried tale.

Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

Stylistically, the film takes risks before veering into an odd sort of studied artiness.

Bob Baker
Los Angeles Times

Another victory for a first-time, full-length feature filmmaker with a curious, inventive eye and an unsparing point of view.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Leisurely paced but lovely and touching.

Stan Hall

Pena has a great role and delivers her best performance since Lone Star in 1996.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Riedel reveals herself to be a novice filmmaker, especially in the pacing of most scenes.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

The film is sensitively told and appealingly bittersweet, though the story at times meanders and loses its way.

Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

A lovingly crafted portrait of a kind of life not often seen on the big screen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Abell
Excellent film about three generations of Latina women struggling with their sexuality. Contrary to what young people think, old people need love and comfort as… More
Erin Collins
It was an interesting story about 3 generations of women. Gotta love AZ!
Leo L
Great movie. An interesting story plot that surrounds the everyday lives of a family of three Hispanic women: a grandmother, mother, and a granddaugther. Great… More