(2000)

Critic Reviews

60

Metascore

Based on 14 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
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
Los Angeles Times
Illuminating as it is entertaining.
75
Chicago Tribune
Delightful coming-of-age film that becomes universal by way of its subject matter.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
Familiar in its story arc, but fresh in its energy and lucky in its choice of actors.
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.
63
New York Daily News
A likable, if somewhat earnest, exploration of cultural identity.
60
Village Voice
Has a sweet low-budget quality that sometimes slips into TV-movie schmaltz.
50
A melodramatic yarn that transcends some of its technical and storytelling flaws through the cheery energy and sincerity of its cast.
50
Variety
A pleasant and polished first feature for director Gene Cajayon.
50
That it feels so predictable is, ironically, a tribute to the universality of the experience it explores.

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