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Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
The intended satire doesn't deliver the kind of punch you may expect, but it nevertheless poses many what-ifs.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
For the first hour director Arau and his co-writer and wife, actress Arizmendi, negotiate the story's tricky mix of comedy, social satire...
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50

Chicago Tribune

Never really moves beyond its premise. It never takes us to a place of real understanding.
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50

Dallas Observer

By Jean Oppenheimer
Using humor to make a serious point, Arau suggests that without the millions of Hispanics...life in the Golden State would screech to a...
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Plenty of salient points to make in this satirical cautionary tale, there's still not enough to sustain the expanded running time.
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40

Variety

By Robert Koehler
Darkly amusing idea delivers an early salvo that fades as the film swings across a range of styles and tones director Sergio Arau gamely...
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30

L.A. Weekly

By Ella Taylor
A terrific premise is mangled to a pulp, then beaten to death in this forced mockumentary.
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25

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Approach is too heavy-handed to have much effect. Rod Serling probably could have turned the premise into an enjoyable episode of "The...
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

Doesn't know what it wants to be: either a goofball satire or a heavy-handed social-message movie.
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20

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Its narrative conceit will entertain for a while, but eventually you will long to disappear with the rest of the Mexicans.
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