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Acts Of Worship Reviews

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Generally competent and contains the heartfelt and persuasive message that judging others is easy, but truly empathizing is hard.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...just not all that entertaining...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

March 27, 2005
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 8, 2004
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

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

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

April 6, 2004
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

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

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

April 3, 2004
Eric D. Snider

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

March 23, 2004
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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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.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 19, 2004
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

March 19, 2004
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 19, 2004
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/5

November 21, 2003
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 21, 2003
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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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.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

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

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 20, 2003
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Rodriguez makes a promising debut with this unsentimental drama.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 3/4

November 20, 2003
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 18, 2003
Ron Wells
Film Threat

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.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

November 18, 2003
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

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

Full Review Source: Planet Sick-Boy

April 13, 2002
Brandon Judell
Detour Magazine

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.

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April 12, 2002

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005

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December 11, 2003
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