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Spare Parts

Family . Drama . Action

With the help of their high school's newest teacher, four Hispanic students form a robotics club. Although they have no experience, the youths set their sights on a national robotics contest. With $800 and parts scavenged from old cars, they build a robot and compete against reigning champion MIT. Along the way, the students learn not only how to build a robot but something far more important: how to forge bonds that will last a lifetime.

Actors: David Del Rio , Carlos PenaVega , Mia Riverton , Alessandra Rosaldo , Esai Morales , Marisa Tomei , Jamie Lee Curtis , George Lopez , Alexa PenaVega
Directors: Sean McNamara
Country: USA
Release: 2015-06-05
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  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    At times, Spare Parts sails perilously close to the saccharine. But the film is a fine example of a message movie that does justice both to its important subject matter and to its characters' inner lives.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    It is the four young actors who play the students who truly shine, and who elevate the formulaic film above and beyond its familiar proceedings.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    Even though it’s easy to identify all the recycled elements — bits and pieces of several inspirational-teacher scenarios, ranging from “To Sir, With Love” to “Stand and Deliver” — in this “based on a true story” concoction, there can be no denying the feel-good effect of the finished product.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Director Sean McNamara's film is impressively buoyed by a cast of young newcomers and seasoned pros.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    The film refreshingly portrays its kids as part of a diverse group trying to succeed in a country in which they can never find secure footing. That’s the big-picture story here, and one even the occasional underdog cliché can’t obscure.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    The immigration-themed messages of acceptance and encouragement are clearly spelled out, often in heavy-handed fashion, and an overriding blandness mutes the drama. But there’s also something apt in the straightforward telling of the against-the-odds adventure.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Spare Parts is the kind of feel-good underdog movie that almost can't help getting waylaid by cliches.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    In its mad hurry, the movie denies itself its own genre pleasures—chiefly, the ways assembling a ragtag robotics team and an equally ragtag robot might add a little bit of Mission: Impossible or MacGyver dynamics into a sports-style narrative.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    It's easy to be cynical about a movie like this which, despite its factual basis, is more product than story. The pandering is obvious.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    The issue of so-called “illegals” could not be more timely and, if Spare Parts does anything, it attempts to humanize the situation of those children who cope with this limbo-land existence without having had much choice in the matter. Full Review
  • Thomas Lee

    If “Stand and Deliver” struck many as a hard-hitting look at life in the urban ghetto, Spare Parts seems like a Disney after-school special by comparison.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    Call it humanism, call it advocacy, call it old-fashioned entertainment – there’s little difference in the end. Whatever you call it, Spare Parts stands and delivers on its own intriguing merits.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Aaron Hillis

    This blatantly big-hearted product isn't half as vibrant as the original 2005 Wired article on which it's based, and myopically neglects to address Arizona's troubling anti-immigration legislation through even a splash of hindsight.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    Aside from the clever punning of the title, Spare Parts ends up as jury-rigged and programmatic as Stinky, the robot in the movie. And, unlike Stinky, it is dead in the water.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    The movie’s setup has underdog appeal in spades. But it’s all for naught in a screenplay, by Elissa Matsueda (working from Joshua Davis’s 2005 article in Wired magazine), that plays down intellect in favor of corn and cliché.

    The New York Times Full Review
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