Bless Me, Ultima Synopsis
A young man and an elderly medicine woman try to end the battle between good and evil.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Carl Franklin's film is true to the tone and spirit of the book. It is patient and in no hurry. It allows a balanced eye for the people in...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Farber
This material would never have attracted a major studio, so Christy Walton — heir to the Wal-Mart fortune — financed the picture herself,...
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Obviously a labor love, and its very existence in a godforsaken marketplace is a minor miracle.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The results are pretty, and sometimes beautiful. They're also a tad stiff, and the dialogue and voice-over narration sometimes has the ring...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
What might have made Bless Me, Ultima more powerful would have been additional scenes with its mystical title character.
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Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
It’s an engaging yarn, set in a place, a time and among a people rarely represented on the big screen. But “Ultima” is a poetic novel that...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The film often stumbles in translation, trying to define too many characters in too little time.
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Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
The film isn’t overlong. But it tries to fit so many themes into its brief running time — that it merely touches on most conflicts instead...
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Slant Magazine

By Glenn Heath Jr.
The film's interest in social themes remains background fodder within a far more generic good-versus-evil narrative.
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Arizona Republic

The lyrical book is filled with touches of magical realism. On the other hand, the movie is sorely lacking in both magic and realism. It’s...
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Beautiful, magical...

By Monok
“Bless Me, Ultima” is a movie that brings to light a keen understanding of Latino culture and where Latinos come from---call it family, tradition or magic….it is all there in this amazing film....

A Spiritual Sojourn of Life through Chicano Culture

By Smokey Big Bear
Through the eyes and heart of young Antonio Marez, from the very moment he met Ultima to her blessing of Antonio, and her transition, I followed his journey. Ultima's wisdom; her embrace of life,...

Bless Me, Ultima

By Paul Daniel
I really enjoyed the movie, but as always, the book should be read first! I would love to see it in Spanish. The story is an exquisite view of life, through the lense of Mexican culture in the...

Bless Me, Ultima - well worth seeing

By Trout56
Beautiful cinematography. The actors playing Antonio and Ultima were fantastic. A few rough spots in the movie, but overall it's well worth seeing. Just be prepared to have your source of the moral...

You could leave with a catch in your throat.

By Gardenbear
This is very spiritual. So is New Mexico. If you like either of these things, it's well worth the price of admission. I was misty much of the time. There's Family, and community and all the...


By english_teach
Beautiful and moving. Mostly well-acted (Luke Ganalon was superb as Antonio)....

Bless Me Ultima A must see!

By Albuerque viewer
I read this book back when it first came out and I loved it and now the movie seals the deal. It is a fabulous movie. A defininate must see!...


By annacardenas1
We drove up to Santa Fe to see the movie and we loved it. Our son came with us and he also enjoyed the movie. Bless Me Ultima brings back so many memories of growing up hispanic in New Mexico,...

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By xqpowerwoman
A movie with a powerful, yet subtle message that is shown in a compelling way through the eyes & experiences of a young, innocent boy growing up in New Mexico....

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Rated PG-13 | For Sexual References and Some Violence