La chispa de la vida (As Luck Would Have It)
La chispa de la vida (As Luck Would Have It) (2013)

Roberto (famed Spanish comic José Mota) once had a promising careers in advertising. But now out of work during the economic downturn, he struggles to keep his family afloat and their dire situation a secret from his adoring wife Luisa… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 1, 2013
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Combines lecture, farce and soapy sentiment in a single misshapen package.

Jonathan Holland

Though it slickly offers up drama, black comedy and enjoyable perfs in due measure, the pic never develops much bite, though it does bare its fangs.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

This dark satire may be hard to watch at times, but its' queasy mix of satire and tough love should be seen for how black comedy can be done outside the U.S.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

But for some unbeknownst reason, in "As Luck Would Have It" the idea seems half-baked; and Mr. de la Iglesia is merely phoning it in.

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Jonathan Kiefer
Village Voice

Family is the truest wealth, insists a strenuous orchestral score, but neither Feldman nor Iglesia seems to buy it, so how can we?

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Álex de la Iglesia's film hammers home the opinion that family is more important than celebrity or wealth.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
With hat in hand, Roberto(Jose Mota) goes to a friend and former colleague in the advertising business desperately looking for work. Sadly, all he comes away… More
John Ballantine
Surprising negativity for a surprisingly good film. This film sums up the troubles of Spain in the near past. A man clings to his only bizarre hope of… More