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91
The film says that the U.S. immigrant situation is untenable, but then it forces US to ask: What should be done?
88
It's an unexpectedly powerful little film that manages to say a lot of what, despite all the talk on the subject, isn't being said in the national debate on immigration.
75
Although based on a fictional story, it has the feel of truth and is a vivid reminder of the hell Mexicans put themselves through to live in the United States, even illegally.
75
A powerful and evocative account of the efforts undertaken to forge a perilous mother-and-child reunion. Told in Spanish with English subtitles, it is a moving tale of yearning, as well as unflagging courage and determination.
75
The result is a genuinely cathartic night at the movies - which is one of the reasons we go to them in the first place. Art it ain't, but popcorn is rarely this skilled or seductive.
75
Miami Herald
Instead of delivering a pointed statement, this timely and energetic crowd-pleaser aims for -- and accomplishes -- something much more difficult: It makes you fall in love with its characters.
75
The strong final third counterbalances the weaknesses of the first half. I prefer films that build to something worthwhile rather than collapse short of the finish line.
75
Charlotte Observer
It takes place on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border, and it offers an undeniable argument that life without love is unpalatable on either side.
63
How do you say "tearjerker" in Spanish?
63
Chicago Tribune
An estimated 4 million Latinas leave one or more children behind when they travel north to find work. They deserve a more nuanced film, but this one's often affecting.
50
Under the Same Moon comes most vividly to life when Adrian Alonso is on the screen.

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