Kern’s review published on Letterboxd:
Unfortunately, worked less for me a second time around. Knowing how emotional this intends to get only makes the opening 30-40 minutes more perplexing. I'm really not sure what Cuaron intends here. The cinematography is so observational and cold in the long opening stretch, which is an odd choice for how character-focused and dramatic the film turns. I feel like he takes more care in crafting his world than the characters that inhabit it; which is fine to a certain point, because the physical world and time period he recreates from memory is utterly stunning. I just wish there was something substantial to latch onto in the first third that paved the way for the rest, which is mostly fantastic.