“Bella” Criticism

Film critics on "Bella"’s pro-life message.
by Catholic.net Staff Writer | Source: Catholic.net
“Bella” Reviews & Quotes:

“Powerful and moving... a true inspiration.”
CNN - Ana Maria Montero

“Warm, sweet and funny.”
Rogerebert.com - Roger Ebert

”Versategui is a natural on the big screen, a compelling presence.”
SF Chronicle - Ruthe Stein

"A sweet, life-affirming picture."
Los Angeles Times - Gary Goldstein

"A bear-hugging embrace of sweetness and light."
The New York Times - Stephen Holden

"Cynics need not apply, but I found "Bella" a real heart tugger."
New York Post - Lou Lumenick

“An unforgettable experience! A celebration of family, food, music and life-affirming values.”
Michael Medved Show – Michael Medved

“Powerful and moving... a true inspiration.”
CNN - Ana Maria Montero

"The warmest family drama I've seen in years."
Film Journal - Frank Lovece

FOX NEWS
Roger Friedman: “I am very pleased that the Toronto Film Festival chose Bella to win their top audience award over the weekend…. It's incredibly charming, with terrific performances by Tammy Blanchard and Mexican star Eduardo Verastegui and Manny Perez. It's directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde. It's too easy to say this is the My Big Fat Greek Wedding of this season, because Bella is far more complex and sophisticated while losing none of the humor. Whoever decides to release Bella will have a nice little hit on their hands. The freshness and lack of affectation in Bella must have appealed to audiences who had to endure a number of big-name films that seemed contrived, stale or calculated.” More

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Bella Wins
Etan Vlessing: “A trio of Mexicans triumphed at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday when their U.S. independent drama Bella captured the People's Choice Award, voted on by festival audiences…. These Mexican guys go to America and beat the American independents at their game -- it's impressive." More

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: The Story Behind Bella
Martin A. Grove : “Winning in Toronto can be the first step on the road to Oscar and Golden Globes success. Bella could wind up following in the footsteps of such past Toronto winners as: American Beauty, which won five Oscars in 2000, including best picture and director, and three Globes, including best picture and director; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which won four Oscars in 2001, including best foreign language film, was a best picture Oscar nominee and won two Globes, including best director for Ang Lee.” More

VARIETY: Buoyant Bella bow
WILLIAM TRIPLETT: " 'This movie depicts the culture but also transcends it', said Pilar O'Leary, exec director of the Smithsonian Institute's Latino Center. It has universal appeal. Which is why the Latino Center is presenting Verastegui and helmer Alejandro Monteverde with its award for emerging talent.” More

InCONTENTION.com: Beautiful Indeed
Gerard Kennedy: “Bella marks the debut feature of Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, a truly humble man in awe of the fact that he's actually made it here. It's better to know as little as possible about this film before going into it but let me tell you that it feels both sincere and loving. It's great to see a film that legitimately moves the viewer without being drowned in sap. And it does this in just 90 minutes. If it comes your way, see it. You won't regret it.” More

NBC, MIAMI
Maria Salas: “Bella is a romantic drama full of heart, soul and beautiful messages. It's a film that will stay with you forever! Powerful, passionate and unpredictable, Bella is a rare gem, a true surprise. A movie that can transform your life and keep you thinking. Bella is a cinematic jewel. One of the best films I've seen in a long time. Watch out for its extraordinary cast, especially Mexican leading man Eduardo Verastegui, truly the 'Brad Pitt of Latin America'."

“ ‘Bella’ is a irrefutably effortless and heartwarming film, an indie gem with a deep soul and a beautiful message.”
Colorado Springs Gazette - Brandon Fibbs

"A beautiful film (with) pitch-perfect performances. A film that embraces and celebrates the possibility for change and growth, both personal and spiritual."
The Austin Chronicle

"Not only will ‘Bella’ give you hope that Hollywood can still make an inspirational movie, it might also renew your faith in humanity."
Governor Rick Perry, Texas

More on Bella:
-To adopt a theatre visit: HelpBella.com
-To buy tickets visit: BellaTheMovie.com
-To download promotional resources visit: BellaResources.com
-To send Bella emails with trailers and testimonials visit: BellaEmails.com
-To view news visit: BellaNews.com
-To view photo album check out BellaMoviePictures.com
-To view videos you can visit: BellaVideos.com


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