All of this self-actualization is accompanied by some of the most tiresome slapstick to be seen since the premature retirement of Pauly Shore.
Dave Kehr - New York Times
Imagine a movie so broadly conceived that it was written, directed and all parts were played by Charo.
Mike Clark - USA Today
So resoundingly awful, there may be grounds to sue for mental suffering.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Mendoza alleges she took on the negligible project to demonstrate the diversity of Hispanic American womanhood. What she demonstrates is a clear grasp of stereotype.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
Verastegui is a handsome guy ... but saddled with English he has charisma only a lumberjack could love.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
The only place you're likely to find such shrill and whitewashed caricatures is in the elitist pages of Hola!
Ed Gonzalez - Village Voice
Dean Essner - Houston Chronicle
It's the engaging performances of Jaci Velasquez, Roselyn Sanchez and Sofia Vergara, as well as a few humorous Latin colloquialisms, that turn an otherwise inane script into a cute confection of a film.
Mario Tarradell - Dallas Morning News
I cannot recommend Chasing Papi, but I cannot dislike it. It commits no offense, except the puppylike desire to please.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A thin attempt at comedy and a corny take on the buddy movie.
Allison Benedikt - Chicago Tribune
A buoyant antidote to those toxic all-you-need- is-love romantic comedies.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
The whole thing is loud and unfunny, not showing off anyone to good advantage.
Randy Cordova - Arizona Republic
The sledge-hammer attempt to appeal to the country's fastest-growing movie-going demographic makes for a clunky narrative and one-note characters.
Megan Lehmann - New York Post
Cliched characters, implausible situations and a comic style reminiscent of an out-of-control party make for an unfunny, if generally good-natured, ordeal.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Designed to appeal to various segments of the Hispanic population in the United States and at the same time to the lowest common denominator, Chasing Papi is lame and predictable.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Not every Latina is going to go along with this message movie disguised as a comedy and may in fact find it patronizing.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
Stereotyped Latino sitcom about a cheating man.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Michael Szymanski - International Press Academy
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
[T]he flavor is Latino, but the result is like salsa flavored cotton candy.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
If you're in the mood for a couple of hours of carefree fun, Chasing Papi is well worth chasing down.
Richard Horgan - FilmStew.com
Jim Shelby - Palo Alto Weekly
Dean Essner - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Dean Essner - Premiere Magazine
I've seen episodes of The Love Boat with more emotional investment and involvement from the characters than this ...
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
It's like watching Univision or Telemundo on the big screen.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
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Dean Essner - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The fun in this concept was already congealed on the page and the film's forced antics are painful and embarrassing to women, Latins, everyone.
David Noh - Film Journal International
A simple-minded mishmash that could more aptly be called Chasing Pap.
Beth Wood - San Diego Union-Tribune
This much-too-complex comedy carries only a few chuckles.
Amit Asaravala - Filmcritic.com
There's a lot of fluff in this comedy, but it's mostly harmless fluff. Yes, there are times that the women seem objectified, but they also have moments of empowerment to balance the scales.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
A romantic comedy that is sexy without being gratuitous, funny without being crude, and mercifully free of on-screen Latino stereotypes such as chambermaids and troubled immigrants.
Richard Horgan - Reel.com
Dean Essner - Orlando Weekly
Judging by Paul Rodriguez's brief cameo as a mincing beauty-pageant director, one senses that the movie is more interested in affirming lazy stereotypes than overthrowing them.
John Patterson - L.A. Weekly
Long hair, long legs and a splashy soundtrack can't save Chasing Papi from its contrived plot, tired jokes and retro gender politics.
Leigh Johnson - Hollywood.com
Chiquita Banana and the Frito Bandito were subtle compared to the caricatures of Latino culture in this movie.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
[Verastegui] seems to have confused acting in a motion picture with posing for an 8x10 glossy.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Right from the get-go, everything feels too frenetic and, worse yet, forced.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Only proves that Latinos can make idiotic, formulaic comedies that are as terrible and demeaning as anything white people could produce.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Bang your head against a wall for 80 minutes. There, now you've had the experience of watching "Chasing Papi," without even leaving home.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Chasing Papi is one letter off. It's pap, and the filmmakers definitely caught it.
Erik Lundegaard - Seattle Times
With enough energy and sex appeal for at least two screwball comedies, director Linda Mendoza's fast-paced debut puts a fresh, spicy spin on an age-old generic set-up.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
As a romp in which everyone overacts with glee, Chasing Papi gets the job done. It's moderate fun.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Tries too hard to be goofy and is one of those films that's only accidentally funny -- sometimes.
Dean Essner - E! Online
What this really is is a great deal of screaming and running from room to room, wacky chase scenes, the old bag switcheroo, dim-bulb crooks and zany antics.
C.W. Nevius - San Francisco Chronicle
This grating, witless, exasperatingly dumb movie, about three women who discover they're all dating the same man, is happy to trade on tired cliches.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
A loud, frantic mess, a movie that wants to be a screwball farce but is simply farcical and screwy.
Paul West - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The Hollywood sheen, alas, extends to the characters, who are clipped from familiar stock.
Mark Wolf - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Torquemada had nothing on this Spanish torture chamber of a movie...supposed to be a romantic comedy, but proves to be neither.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Overedited, overscripted and overacted. ... The editor must have been paid by the cut.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Call it a strawberry-mango sundae for the parched mind. This is not a compliment.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
Watching Telemundo or Univision with the sound off is way more enjoyable than this.
John Venable - Supercala.com
[Mendoza] encourages empty frenzy and seems always to put the camera in exactly the wrong place.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review