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A Better Life

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Carlos Galindo, a Mexican illegal immigrant and veteran Los Angeles day laborer, struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had.
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February 22, 2012

[A] gentle, honest, heartfelt film, but [it] does not have much to offer beyond an earnest respect for a segment of American society that is too often derided...
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January 04, 2013

Well-acted, but quite over-hyped -- a melodramatic Mexican-American version of "Bicycle Thieves."
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July 15, 2011

Bichir delivers a powerful, nuanced performance as a stoic but complex character who treats everyone -- even those who have wronged him -- with a dignity he rarely receives.
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January 26, 2012

The silver lining is an excellent lead performance from Bichir.
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July 15, 2011

The people here seem real, their world is shaky at best, and the political tension that permeates everything in this film feels palpable.
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September 14, 2014

The film's beautiful simplicity is carried massively on the work of Demián Bichir, instantly and surely one of the best performances seen in 2011.
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July 27, 2011

The didacticism takes the shine off Weitz's accomplishment, even if the film builds up enough empathy to generate slow-burning emotional impact.
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August 26, 2012

A Better Life is a half-step removed from the Hallmark Hall of Fame.
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July 15, 2011

Bichir redeems the secondhand plot and on-the-nose dialogue.
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August 17, 2012

A Better Life's sense of place and eye for detail are strong, but the too-smooth style and rushed dramatics are at odds with the hardscrabble existence on display.
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July 15, 2011

A Better Life has more to offer than good intentions: it's sincere and credible, which is more than I can say about an awful lot of movies. Yet something about it kept me at arm's length: I felt the filmmakers' presence instead of...
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July 15, 2011

Personalizes the illegal immigrant experience and digs much deeper into what has become a national disgrace.
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