It’s forceful, to be sure, but in a lurid way that suggests a telenovela that’s been baking in the sun too long.
David DenbyThe New Yorker
The kind of bad movie that makes a reviewer feel terrible. It has been put together with great sincerity, and yet, impassioned and affecting as some of it is, 21 Grams is also an arrogant failure. [24 November 2003, p. 113]