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Acts Of Worship (2003)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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A familiar story with heart-wrenching humanity and an astonishing ability to display the horrific pain that comes when someone is in the ferocious grip of drug addiction. Alix, a young white, educated, middle-class girl, turned homeless due to her crack and heroin addiction. Her daily life consists of hustling for money to buy drugs. She constantly takes advantage of the few friends she does have, because of her desperate need to feed her habit. When Digna, a photographer on the verge of making

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Art House & International, Drama

Rosemary Rodriguez

Mar 22, 2005

Hart Sharp Video

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Has all the hallmarks of a high-quality independent production, where real-life texture and genuine emotion more than compensate for lack of polish.

March 19, 2004
Detroit Free Press
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For better and worse, Rosemary Rodriguez's directing debut feels just like what it is -- a drama about addiction made by a recovering addict.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Rosemary Rodriguez makes a worthy debut with this troubling tale of a young druggie struggling to survive on the streets of the East Village.

November 21, 2003
New York Post
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Despite its crudeness, the film has a number of scenes that are so real they hurt.

November 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Digna's struggle with sellout guilt is way more interesting than Alix's boilerplate dissembly, but ultimately Digna's just a pawn in the moralist checkmate.

November 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Generally competent and contains the heartfelt and persuasive message that judging others is easy, but truly empathizing is hard.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

...just not all that entertaining...

March 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Rodriguez depicts addicts as a sea of agitated vultures haunting the streets...counteracted by character confrontations forced to move too quickly and predictable plot turns.

April 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Comment (1)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Honesty, a great virtue, is insufficient to make a good film.

April 6, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Call me shallow, but the rest of us might prefer something a bit more, well, entertaining.

April 3, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Man, the life of a junkie sure does suck. I got that point fairly early in Acts of Worship, yet for some reason the movie kept telling me over and over again.

March 23, 2004 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

There is nothing really new or particularly insightful here, and even though Acts is at least watchable, it begins to fade from memory almost immediately.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Rodriguez' view of addiction from the inside, and Reeder's warts-and-all portrayal of a junkie going over the edge, make for a fascinating film.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Rodriguez's film captures the grinding routine of street-level drug use with numbing precision.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Rodriguez makes a promising debut with this unsentimental drama.

November 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Some of the acting may not be the best and many of the points aren't made with a soft touch, but damn, I can't think of another film about addiction with a more accurate view from the inside.

November 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

You'd be hard-pressed to find a better movie about addiction than this debut

April 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Planet Sick-Boy
Planet Sick-Boy

Ana's playing a Lower East Side druggie, who's riding on a seesaw through life. The problem is that this seesaw has two down sides.

April 12, 2002 Full Review
Detour Magazine

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