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....

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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...


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....

Important ,socially relevant,charming movie.

By Dfzinn
I like the act that they didnt try to translate all the little remarks and endearments into kept the presentation clean...Fantastic acting by Ms Colon as Ultma But is winter...

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By kathleengailbuckley
This is an amazing movie. It's faithful to Rudolfo Anaya's story of a boy growing up in a small town in northern New Mexico in the 1940's. The actors looked absolutely right for their parts (and they...


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

luv it

By last1lafn
I really liked this movie...I would see this movie again...I can hardly wait to get it on dvd......

Bless Mi Ultima

By tonysrvservice
Read The Book, and I Found THe Movie To Be Incredible Wonderful, This Is A Must See Movie!!!!...

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By txrose05
I laughed, cried and absolutely loved this movie!!!...

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Rated PG-13 | For Sexual References and Some Violence