My Family (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

My Family (1995)



Critic Consensus: My Family's emotional impact is dulled by sentiment, but this well-acted drama strikes a universal chord with its multi-generational look at Mexican-American life.

Movie Info

Featuring Jennifer Lopez in her first major big-screen role, Gregory Nava's My Family traces three generations of the Sanchez's, a Mexican-American family living in East Los Angeles. Beginning in the 1930s, the film outlines the struggles faced by Jose (Jacob Vargas) and Maria (Lopez) as a recently immigrated married couple raising a family. As Jose and Maria age, the focus shifts to their son, Jimmy (Jimmy Smits), as he starts his own family in the 1960s. While Lopez' role was uncredited, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her performance. My Family has also been released under the titles My Family, Mi Familia, Cafe Con Leche, and East L.A. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi


Jimmy Smits
as Jimmy Sanchez
Edward James Olmos
as Paco, the Narrator
Jenny Gago
as Maria Sanchez
Elpidia Carrillo
as Isabel Magana
Jacob Vargas
as Young Jose Sanchez
Jennifer Lopez
as Young Maria
Enrique J. Castillo
as Memo Sanchez
Amelia Zapata
as Roberto's Girlfriend
Leon Singer
as El California
Rosalee Mayeux
as Maria's Employer
Alicia del Lago
as Maria's Aunt
Thomas Rosales Jr.
as The Boatman
Susana Campos
as Little Irene
Cassandra Campos
as Baby Irene
Lupe Ontiveros
as Irene Sanchez
Maria Canals-Barrera
as Young Irene Sanchez
Michael DeLorenzo
as Butch Mejia
Jonathan Hernandez
as Young Jimmy
Constance Marie
as Toni Sanchez
Scott Bakula
as David Ronconi
Dedee Pfeiffer
as Karen Gillespie
Emilio del Haro
as Ox Cart Driver
Abel Woolrich
as Ox Cart Driver
Benito Martinez
as Young Paco
Greg Albert
as Young Memo
Cris Franco
as Mariachi
Valente Rodriguez
as Chucho's Friend
Eddie Ayala
as Chucho's Friend
Bel Hernandez
as Eddie's Mom
David Salas
as Member of The Originals
Bill Mondragon
as Member of The Originals
Eric Mondragon
as Member of The Originals
Dennis Jimenez
as Member of The Originals
Alex Tanasi
as Member of The Originals
George Lopez Jr.
as Ballplayer No. 1
Moses Saldana
as Ballplayer No. 2
Brian Lally
as Officer
Ernie Lively
as Sergeant
Bart Johnson
as Young Officer
Peter Mark Vasquez
as Prison Guard
Ruben Sierra
as Gerardo
Pete Leal
as Old Man on Balcony
Michael Tomlinson
as Dr. McNally
as Nurse
Emilio Rivera
as Tamalito
Angelina Estrada
as Woman with Groceries
Bibi Besch
as Mrs. Gillespie
Bruce Gray
as Mr. Gillespie
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Critic Reviews for My Family

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (25)

There are moments in My Family that convey Nava's love for these characters. That warmth makes My Family impossible to dislike despite its flaws.

August 26, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It is evocative well-crafted and performed with verve and passion by a first-rate cast of Latino actors.

August 26, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The warmth of My Family's characters and humor, the lush-ness of its cinematography and local color, and the universality of its family and sibling conflicts, make for pleasurable company.

August 26, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

One of the most satisfying dramas I've ever seen.

August 26, 2021 | Full Review…

The last segment is the best, so much so that one wishes Nava had left out the first two parts and concentrated on fleshing out the third section.

August 26, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

What makes movie characters come alive are differences, not similarities. My Family could be any family, and thus, is no family at all.

August 26, 2021 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Family


Great movie!

Leo L
Leo L

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