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Drama . Comedy . Romance

Mexican immigrant and single mother Flor Moreno finds housekeeping work with Deborah and John Clasky, a well-off couple with two children of their own. When Flor admits she can't handle the schedule because of her daughter, Cristina, Deborah decides they should move into the Clasky home. Cultures clash and tensions run high as Flor and the Claskys struggle to share space while raising their children on their own, and very different, terms.

Actors: Paz Vega , Téa Leoni , Adam Sandler , Ricardo Molina , Cecilia Suárez , Victoria Luna , Ian Hyland , Sarah Steele , Shelbie Bruce , Cloris Leachman
Directors: James L. Brooks
Country: USA
Release: 2004-12-17
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  • Peter Travers

    A rich blend of humor and heartbreak.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    A pepperpot bubbling with pungent insights and sharp wit, Spanglish is about how people, like cultures, are more alike than not.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    The one movie families search for every Christmas for an outing, the way "Something's Gotta Give" was last year and "Jerry Maguire" was in 1996.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    What he's (Brooks) come up with is one of the most humane works ever made about the lives of working mothers.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Brooks is solidly in charge of this feel-good fairy tale as he gets terrific performances from everyone including two super-talented child actors.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    A satisfying and grown-up flick that boasts all of James L. Brooks' strengths. It's good to welcome back a unique, low-key voice.

    Empire Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Above all, the movie's funny and wicked fun.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The movie is not quite the sitcom the setup seems to suggest; there are some character quirks that make it intriguing.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    trong on characters and relationships, but weak on some of the details that would elevate it from merely "good" to "great."

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Doesn't always work -- like its title, the movie straddles two separate worlds, landing squarely in the dreaded realm of "dramedy" -- but it's a noble effort.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Though Brooks has a broad, crowd-pleasing sensibility, he knows how to appeal to the masses without insulting anyone's intelligence, and that's a rare gift these days.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Much of it is funny and endearing, and its toned-down star, Adam Sandler, is as winning as he's ever been.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The message in Spanglish is thoughtful and astute; it's the delivery that could use some work.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    There's a wonderfully subversive film buried somewhere in Spanglish, but it's never allowed to get out.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Angel Cohn

    Surprisingly heartfelt tale.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Frustrating though it can be, Spanglish still proves to be as resilient as its characters.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Ansen

    Spanglish feels hemmed in, visually monotonous. There are signs that a lot has been cut, and in trimming his film Brooks may have squeezed too tight: his movie needs breathing space.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Allison Benedikt

    Only resonates when he (Brooks) strips it all away and focuses on parent and child.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Ultimately more exasperating than rewarding.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Whatever message Brooks was trying to put across with Spanglish, it clearly got lost in translaaaaaaaaaaation.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Carla Meyer

    Leoni is a very attractive woman, and she should be credited for giving a brave performance, but her character starts to produce involuntary shudders when she appears onscreen.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Brooks has an uncanny talent for making us feel insightful.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Amy Taubin

    The beauty of Sandler's performance -- a superbly modulated suite of crestfallen groans and grimaces -- is he often seems to be reacting not just to his crazy wife but also to the dismal movie he's stuck in.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    Never quite works, despite the wonderful performances or the decency in the screenplay's margins.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Mr. Sandler has a solid, fumbling likability, without which Spanglish would be not merely annoying but despicable in its slick complacency.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Short on real drama and incident and long on tedium.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    As a romance, Spanglish is like a wholesome flirt who drags things out and becomes a tiresome tease. As a satire of upper-middle-class Los Angeles, it's a disaster.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    It's unclear what Brooks is trying to say about our melting-pot culture, if anything.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Charles Taylor

    The pacing is off, the emotional tone is wobbly, and none of the actors seem to be acting in the same style or the same movie. Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    So rancid is Brooks's fury that it's clouded his judgment, so that each of his main characters is a stereotype of the most broad-brush, malodorous nature.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Denby

    Spanglish chokes on an excess of sincerity and guilt, and, in retrospect, its failure may turn out to be momentous for a sincere and guilty community--Hollywood liberals in a state of post-election dismay.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This is a deeply unpleasant movie masquerading as a heartfelt social commentary on life in these United States.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Spanglish is Brooks' unqualified kitchen disaster - a desperate, shapeless, overreaching big-screen sitcom of a movie that just wants to be loved. Is that so wrong? In a word, yes.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    An unusually shallow and facile work for Brooks, but the writing and the performances - other than Leoni's - keep us at least halfway involved.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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