(2000)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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90
New Times (L.A.)
The cast is uniformly excellent; all involved seem keyed into the subtextual subtleties of a story that, while simple on the surface, is exceedingly rich underneath.
80
Illuminating as it is entertaining.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
Familiar in its story arc, but fresh in its energy and lucky in its choice of actors.
75
Delightful coming-of-age film that becomes universal by way of its subject matter.
70
Sometimes amateurishly acted by the appealing younger cast but is nonetheless a neat blend of well-drawn major characters and drama, music, dance, romance and humor that generates considerable charm and achieves a heartwarming resolution of its generational conflict.
70
Having built his cast from friends and family, the director is left with some stilted acting, but that's easily outweighed by the film's infectious enthusiasm.
63
New York Daily News
A likable, if somewhat earnest, exploration of cultural identity.
50
A melodramatic yarn that transcends some of its technical and storytelling flaws through the cheery energy and sincerity of its cast.
50
New York Post
Earnest and predictable.
50
That it feels so predictable is, ironically, a tribute to the universality of the experience it explores.

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