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A Better Life

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Chris Weitz

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About the Movie

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: 105
  • Fresh: 89
  • 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

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.


There is no more I wish to say but that of this movie is brilliant and absolutely touching.....


This movie is incredibly touching and will leave viewers in awe. A heartfelt movie that surprises you every time.

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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2011

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