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A Better Life

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Chris Weitz

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Plot Summary

Illegal immigrant and hardworking single dad Carlos Galindo (Demian Bichir) embarks on a physical and spiritual journey in order to reconnect with his teenage son and keep him from getting pulled into the local gang life. From director Chris Weitz (About a Boy), A BETTER LIFE is a touching, poignant, multi-generational story that critics call "compelling," "intelligent" and "heartfelt.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 104
  • Fresh: 88
  • Rotten: 16
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's generic and small but manages to reel you in and surprise you with its grimness. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Jul 14, 2011

Fresh: "A Better Life" might not change any minds about immigration policy, but it illuminates the conversation with context, compassion and understanding. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jul 15, 2011

Fresh: The film's trajectory is rather predictable, but then so was the story told by "The Bicycle Thief." But the performances are pitch perfect... – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2011

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Customer Reviews

We're all immigrants

This movie is great for all American people who are agains Latino Immigrants, we come to USA to work and make some money to help our families- please allow yourself sometime to think before you jump into conclusions. Live is a funny thing, watch this movie it will educate you.

Straight to the heart

I saw this movie in strand release and so glad I sought it out. Very few movies show the struggle many dads put fourth to give his children opportunities he had not. This is one of those movies!!! I wish my dad was still here so we could have watched it together. Nonetheless touching and jumps right off the screen.

Watch it

I never comment on movies, but this one is worth watching for everyone.

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  • $11.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2011

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