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    A Better Life

    Carlos Galindo, a Mexican illegal immigrant and veteran Los Angeles day laborer, struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had.
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  • Actors of "A Better Life"

  • Characters of "A Better Life"

    Carlos Galindo. Character of A Better Life
    Luis Galindo. Character of A Better Life
  • Directors of "A Better Life"

    Chris Weitz. Director of A Better Life
    Chris Weitz
    Birthdate: 30 November 1969, New York City, New York, USA
  • Creators of "A Better Life"

    Eric Eason. Director of A Better Life
    Eric Eason
    Roger L. Simon. Director of A Better Life
    Roger L. Simon
    Birthdate: 22 November 1943, New York City, New York, USA
  • Critic Reviews of "A Better Life"

    Time Out
    July 27, 2011

    The didacticism takes the shine off Weitz's accomplishment, even if the film builds up enough empathy to generate slow-burning emotional impact.

    July 15, 2011

    A Better Life has more to offer than good intentions: it's sincere and credible, which is more than I can say about an awful lot of movies. Yet something about it kept me at arm's length: I felt the filmmakers' presence instead of...

    Globe and Mail
    July 15, 2011

    Bichir delivers a powerful, nuanced performance as a stoic but complex character who treats everyone -- even those who have wronged him -- with a dignity he rarely receives.

    Detroit News
    July 15, 2011

    The people here seem real, their world is shaky at best, and the political tension that permeates everything in this film feels palpable.

    Minneapolis Star Tribune
    July 15, 2011

    Bichir redeems the secondhand plot and on-the-nose dialogue.

    Toronto Star
    July 15, 2011

    Personalizes the illegal immigrant experience and digs much deeper into what has become a national disgrace.
    September 14, 2014

    The film's beautiful simplicity is carried massively on the work of DemiƔn Bichir, instantly and surely one of the best performances seen in 2011.

    Tribune News Service
    January 04, 2013

    Well-acted, but quite over-hyped -- a melodramatic Mexican-American version of "Bicycle Thieves."

    August 26, 2012

    A Better Life is a half-step removed from the Hallmark Hall of Fame.

    Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
    August 17, 2012

    A Better Life's sense of place and eye for detail are strong, but the too-smooth style and rushed dramatics are at odds with the hardscrabble existence on display.

    Flick Filosopher
    February 22, 2012

    [A] gentle, honest, heartfelt film, but [it] does not have much to offer beyond an earnest respect for a segment of American society that is too often derided...

    Cinema Writer
    January 26, 2012

    The silver lining is an excellent lead performance from Bichir.

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