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"Roma" follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s.
Author Review
United StatesUnited States F
Manohla Dargis
The New York Times
"It's an expansive, emotional portrait of life buffeted by violent forces, and a masterpiece."  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Ann Hornaday
The Washington Post
"[It] achieves the rare feat of making the personal authentically political, not through explicit polemic or tortured metaphors, but simply by observing life with enough perspective to reflect it in all its contradictions (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"Cuarón has done more than break through walls of language, culture and class to craft the best movie of the year (...) This game-changer is making its own kind of history (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Joe Morgenstern
The Wall Street Journal
"One of the best movies I've ever seen, and one of the most moving."  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Yolanda Machado
USA Today
"Cuarón has composed some of the most stunning shots and sequences in film history, and it would be a sin not to see this on the big screen"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Owen Gleiberman
"You get the feeling that every image — every emotion — is perfectly set in place (...) 'Roma' is no mere movie — it’s a 'vision' (...) 'Roma' has many indelible moments"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
"Blessed with an exceptionally acute sensitivity to the things of life, 'Roma' is a memory film of unusual beauty that pushes to the foreground what is commonly left in the background"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
"To see 'Roma' is to be in awe of Cuaron's gifts and to wonder how he does what he does."  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Sara Stewart
New York Post
"A gorgeous love letter to an alternately cloistered and turbulent childhood (…) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Stephanie Zacharek
"A reflection of a vanished era that’s like a portrait of a loved one painted from memory (...) Cuarón is a superb craftsman, but his real gift is that he puts human nature above filmmaking"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"[Cuarón] has made his best film yet with this exquisite study of class and domestic crisis in 70s Mexico City (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Robbie Collin
"Alfonso Cuarón returns to Mexico for a sweeping and heart-quickeningly intimate period piece (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Fionnuala Halligan
"[It] is Alfonso Cuarón’s most personal film, and his most honest. It may even be his best."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Eric Kohn
"Alfonso Cuaron's riveting drama is his best movie since 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' (...) [It] excels at operating as a traditional period piece"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
"There are, to be sure, impressive set pieces and powerful scenes, but it’s the quiet, quotidian moments that give the film its power."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Glenn Kenny
"I was moved by 'Roma' (...) It works both as a personal statement and a larger philosophical humanist love letter to life itself."  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist
"An immensely moving and stunningly personal glimpse into the past (...) It does not feel like this world was created but uncovered just the way it is"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Adam Chitwood
"Cuarón’s mastery as a filmmaker has never been so potent (...) It builds moment by moment until the film swells and knocks you down like a wave. This is impeccable filmmaking on a grand scale."  POS
CanadaCanada M
Barry Hertz
The Globe and Mail
"An intimate portrait of a family that also serves as a broad portrait of a changing nation. Cuaron creates such a vibrant world that it demands to be seen on the biggest canvas possible (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
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