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88
Chicago Sun-Times
Enormously entertaining for moviegoers of any age -- But for young women depressed because they don't look like skinny models, this film is a breath of common sense and fresh air. Real Women Have Curves is a reminder of how rarely the women in the movies are real.
80
Honest and wise enough to strike the right bittersweet note.
80
Washington Post
It's a joy to see nice warm performances by real people of different shapes, sizes and ages, who are seldom to be found in any glamour catalogues. And it's even more rewarding to watch Ferrera's many-sided performance.
80
Washington Post
Handsomely shot by cinematographer Jim Denault, the film immerses the audience in Ana's world, its mosaic of colors and sounds and people, to create a vivid cinematic portrait not only of one girl but of an entire community.
75
If ever a film seemed poised to take over the spot occupied by the surprise indie hit, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," it's Real Women Have Curves.
75
Chicago Tribune
It's a warmly realistic comedy-drama that pulls you right into its lively, well-drawn L.A. milieu.
60
Chicago Reader
Some pieces of the plot feel dishonest, others contrived, but there are also moments of nicely observed detail and plenty of good messages.
60
Wall Street Journal
Ms. Ferrera is an engaging performer; you find yourself rooting for Ana from the start, even though you know, from the predictable script by George LaVoo and Josefina Lopez, that rooting isn't required for a happy outcome.
50
The A.V. Club
One of the not-so-nice qualities of Real Women Have Curves is that it occasionally is as preachy as its title suggests.
50
Village Voice
The film stakes out a self-affirming Atkins-free zone that seems unobjectionable in theory, but its speechifying tendencies and familiar familial tensions overwhelm the more delicate scenes.

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