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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Silvoieski's rating of the film A Better Life

    Meh, the struggling life of an ilegal immigrant working to give a better life to his only "americanized" son. At the end we can conclude that half of the film was about the "intense" pursuit of a truck.

  2. auloel's rating of the film A Better Life

    Endingnya kuat nan (((mencengkeram)))

  3. Christopher McQuain's rating of the film A Better Life

    Somewhere between the goopy, head-patting problem-film-isms of the dread Stanley Kramer and the indelible neo-neorealism of the Dardennes lies this by turns genuinely moving and transparently oversimplified, sheltered-liberal-gringo-flattering piece of work.

  4. Adrian's rating of the film A Better Life

    Maybe a little tiny bit too nationalistic.

  5. Janet Holsclaw Kerans's rating of the film A Better Life

    Wonderful performance, great, intelligent movie. Better than Bicycle Thief because of the added dimension of illegal immigration.

  6. Edward Copeland's rating of the film A Better Life

    Chris Weitz transfers Bicycle Thieves to modern day L.A. as an illegal immigrant struggles to raise his American-born teen son and find his newly bought lawn care truck and equipment when stolen. Good performances. http://eddieonfilm.blogspot.com/2011/01/lawn-care-truck-thief.html

  7. iarehautjobb's rating of the film A Better Life

    I can't help it - José Julián reminds me of k.d. lang.

  8. Amandio Filipe Moura's rating of the film A Better Life

    Lovely and heart wrenching story (4.0/5)

  9. AKFilmFan's rating of the film A Better Life

    A modern-day version of The Bicycle Thief (with a more optimistic ending and desperate thief) with a knockout performance by Bichir.

  10. William Low's rating of the film A Better Life

    A touching and great performance from Bichir, heightens this predictable, standard storyline. That epilogue is really an unnecessary cliche.

  11. Nutter Jr's rating of the film A Better Life

    I chose to watch it due to the Oscar nomination of the protagonist and indeed I saw a very powerful performance of this stoic and dignified Mexican immigrant in the USA trying to provide a better life for his son. However, outside this noteable performance the film is both predictable and full of clichés and thus will quickly be forgotten.

  12. Mark Garrett's rating of the film A Better Life

    Much better than many have given it credit for.

  13. Brian Padian's rating of the film A Better Life

    simple narrative, well-hewn and moving

  14. terrastrana's rating of the film A Better Life

    The dark side of the American dream, as seen through the eyes of an illegal immigrant.

  15. Andre Rehal's rating of the film A Better Life

    Demain Bichir gave a great performance and was the soul of this movie.

  16. rrrno's rating of the film A Better Life

    El Ladrón de Bicicletas pocho

  17. Algitya's rating of the film A Better Life

    Typical, un-cliche , and heart-warmer

  18. Rafael Feitosa's rating of the film A Better Life

    a powerful and very involving story with outstanding performances. the final sequence with Carlos and his son at the jail is memorable

  19. Sadhaka's rating of the film A Better Life

    Chasing the dream... A perfect revision of de Sica's Ladri di Biciclette. Bichir's performance is flawless.

  20. Archie Del Mundo's rating of the film A Better Life

    Not since Tokyo Story a film became pitch perfect in its depiction of raw human emotion. Minimalist direction without the trappings of conscious simplification and subtle notion of reality. Perhaps, one of the best "overlooked" films in the last 10 years. Demian Bichir is the real darkhorse to win the Oscar for Best male lead.

  21. Michael Harbour's rating of the film A Better Life

    A well made, affecting movie about a parent's love and a child's reluctant recognition of that love. Modeled loosely, it seems, on the classic "The Bicycle Thief", "A Better Life" is solidly modern, addressing issues and concerns of our time while maintaining timeless relevance to the human condition.

  22. Matthew_Lucas's rating of the film A Better Life

    An illegal immigrant who works hard to provide for his teenage son finds himself struggling to protect him from the influence of LA gangs. A strongly conceived and compelling drama that's puts a human face on a complicated and contentious issue. A bit tidy perhaps, but thoroughly engaging and even moving. Demian Bichir's performance is aces.

  23. Juan Barquin's rating of the film A Better Life

    This could have been a decent film if it was only about the father and his hardships and interactions - although even those were ridiculous at times. Who leaves their keys in the car when it's your life and you have a complete stranger with you? Every scene with the son or gang members made me cringe from bad dialogue and even worse acting. Good direction and a good performance from Bichir helps, but not enough.

  24. themotherandthewhore's rating of the film A Better Life