• Released
  • June 24, 2011
  • (Limited 6/24)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 38 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
A Better Life Synopsis
An illegal immigrant bonds with his son as they search Los Angeles for their stolen truck.
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Critic Ratings

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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Its deceptive simplicity makes A Better Life so emotionally profound.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The performances are pitch perfect, even including Gabriel Chavarria as Ramon, the man who steals the truck. It adds an important element...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A Better Life was directed by the eclectic Chris Weitz (The Twilight Saga: New Moon, About a Boy), who weaves the torpor and anxiety of...
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75

Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
With such classics as "El Norte" and, more recently, "Sin Nombre" and "Under the Same Moon" having addressed the subject matter already and...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
A Better Life isn't an instant classic, but it tells its story with a simplicity and compassion that other urban dramas would be wise to...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This movie will get under your skin.
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70

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Bichir - who played Fidel Castro in "Che" - resists the pathetic impulse, bringing dignity and distinction to a man who wakes up every...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
By keeping things simple and understated, director Chris Weitz and screenwriter Eric Eason have crafted a little gem where humanity is...
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This isn't a case of a liberal-minded movie inflicting goodness upon a character but a man radiating goodness because, well, he is good.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Feels more earnest than real. Still, its sincerity is admirable, and often touching.
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eye opening

By maryanne5
So happy this movie was made. Hopefully it will help some see beyond the word illegal and better understand the tragedy of separated families, uncertainty about tomorrow, abuse by those who have the...

Nice Moving Movie

By oscarlascano
My wife and I enjoyed the movie. Although the actors weren't known, they really did a fantastic job acting out the everyday of Mexican and Mexican Americans living in America.You could probably take...

Indescribable.

By theredraylives
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Different Perspective

By glowing tweet
This movie brings to the table the complex situation many families are in. I thought it was believable. I feel everyone should see this movie since this topic is very much current and brings the...

A real story

By mazamora83
After working with this population for many years, this story rings so true....

MUST GO!

By product0fthe8os
What I loved about the movie was the story line and how real they kept the dialogue and settings. The struggles and challenges immigrants and children of immigrants face is on captured perfectly. The...

a better life

By leolido
very good film. it will help people better understand the immigrant situation...

LOVE this film!

By preemad
A BETTER LIFE is the front runner as my favorite film of 2011 so far. I've seen this three times so far (and plan to see it again during its run). There are no loud explosions, CGI effects, or big...

great movie, loved it. did not wanted to see it but im so gl

By delgalu5
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GO GO GO

By jmccloy77
A Definate Must See movie for anyone. This movie tells the tale of real life situation for immigrants and their kids. The struggles of their parents trying to raise their children and do whats right....

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Rated PG-13 | For some violence, language and brief drug use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Eye-opening social drama about immigration and family.
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