The film is noteworthy for its rumination on the subtle costs of its characters’ newfound prosperity.
Ricky Gervais’s film hopscotches through a variety of premises, looking for jokes that never arrive.
Dean DeBlois’s film has the core of a genuine crowd-pleaser, but unfortunately something bigger and more all-consuming keeps getting into its head.
Not unlike Michael Peña’s prior supporting roles, Chavez is marked by an explosive anger kept under a cherubic, sweet-natured mask, providing the surprise lacking in the story’s text.
The film flirts with big ideas about adult relationships, but fails to locate any gravitas about its characters’ existential or psychological crises.
The interracial meet-the-parents setup pioneered in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner gets a modest comic update in Our Family Wedding.
The fantasyland-set script has a habit of wrapping up serious situations through flippantly easy shortcuts.
Week in, week out, Ugly Betty subjects its audience to the same recycled crisis.
There’s no way America Ferrera and Amber Tamblyn could ever fit into the same pair of jeans, but the film’s positive portrait of teenage femininity is otherwise honest and mature.
The film’s acknowledgement that growing up often requires coming to terms with loss results in a mature, untidy view of adolescence.