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Man Push Cart (2006)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 6

This compassionate portrait of a New York City street vendor is as beautiful as it is melancholy.


Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 1

This compassionate portrait of a New York City street vendor is as beautiful as it is melancholy.



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A former Pakistani rock star attempts to adjust to life in New York City while simultaneously making friends and selling coffee from a push cart on the streets of Manhattan in Iranian-American director Ramin Bahrani poignant, character-driven drama. By day Ahmad (Ahmad Razvi) tends to hurried Manhattan-ites by keeping their bellies full and ensuring that they are adequately caffeinated, and by night he supplements his income by selling bootleg porn DVDs. Though Ahmad hopes to one day raise



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The makers of Man Push Cart seem so dedicated to making a film that defies Hollywood conventions that the finished product lacks enough entertainment value to justify price of admission.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Michael Simmond's cinematography, especially in scenes of Ahmad muscling his way amid evening traffic and early-morning delivery trucks, is wonderfully true to the moods of a city that never sleeps and seldom nods at the hard work going on before it.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Shot in three weeks, Man Push Cart does a fine job of capturing the bitter flavor of Ahmad's life.

December 1, 2006
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Free of contrived melodrama and phony suspense, it ennobles the hard work by which its hero earns his daily bread.

October 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Ahmad's concerns -- his sadness and his striving -- become universal. Though his early-morning riser's world is gray and threaded with melancholy, it becomes, in the end, a place we recognize.

October 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Man Push Cart is a solemn mood piece that hovers somewhere between bittersweet and despairing.

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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A noble attempt to give us a look at one of the regular people who populate our civilization, one of the guys we may see everyday but would be otherwise totally unfamiliar with.

July 1, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Although the acting isn't so hot from the non-professional bit part players, Ahmad Ravzi - also a non-professional actor and former push cart seller himself - puts in a stoic and solid performance.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Delivers the grind without sugar and clichés.

November 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fiction, but always with one foot firmly planted in a grim post-9/11 reality, the cast and crew got called terrorists by people passing by the set, and with a visit from the FBI to see if the film set was a coverup to conceal a terrorist plot in progress.

October 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Kid Surfer
Kid Surfer

The darkly realistic cinematography of Michael Simmonds gives the film a near-documentary style in its depiction of the endless, physically draining work.

October 12, 2007
Sacramento Bee

Recalling Italian neorealist movies such as The Bicycle Thief, Man Push Cart is a slice of a very sad life.

May 3, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A sad, powerful, austere experience of a movie, this is the story of a man who has known profound, compound loss.

March 12, 2007 Full Review Source:

A sad, honest movie about the day-to-day courage and stoicism of decent people who cling to the lowest rung of the social ladder.

January 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Man Push Cart, written and directed by Ramin Bahrani, attempts to put a human face on the men (and it is generally men) who work inside these tin boxes.

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

A slow-burn stunner, where nothing much of consequence happens, except life itself.

January 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Man Push Cart is likely too slow to pull in much of an audience, but that's a shame, because it has so much empathy for the plight of the lonely.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

Unfortunately, the characters are so tediously one dimensional, poorly scripted and amateurishly acted, that the most sympathetic character is a neglected kitten.

October 10, 2006 Full Review Source:

Elusive and underpowered.

October 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian

The performances and storyline are pretty perfunctory. But the nocturnal images of Razvi hauling his metallic cart through traffic that barely notices his existence eloquently encapsulate the émigré experience.

October 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Man Push Cart

Immigrant finds life in the greatest city in the world less than advertised in this blah telling of one soul's dismal discovery of real life here. You're gonna need to be desperate to make it through this.
January 31, 2013

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[font=Century Gothic]In "Man Push Cart," Ahmad(Ahmad Razvi) spends the pre-dawn hours dragging his push cart through the cavernous avenues of Manhattan to his appointed corner where he serves coffee and bagels to commuters. At night, he makes the long trek back to Brooklyn, dragging along a propane tank. While buying cigarettes, he finds Noemi(Leticia Dolera), who is from Spain, manning the newsstand. And a fellow Pakistani, Mohammad(Charles Daniel Sandoval), recognizes Ahmad as a once famous singer from nis native Lahore...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Eschewing any kind of overt politics, writer-director Ramin Bahrani with "Man Push Cart" manages to deftly tell a sober tale about immigrants in post 9/11 New York by showing the city from their vantage point.(I am left wondering how he pulled off some of the shots in the movie.) To him, the immigrants are its backbone, especially Ahmad who works long hours unnoticed, serving up the lifeblood of the city. For once, repetitiveness works, giving a clear indication of what his life is like over the long haul.[/font]
July 22, 2008
Walter M.

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A micro budget movie about a Pakistani immigrant working at a coffee stand on the streets of New York. Almost the definition of a "sundancy" movie, the film is a neat little slice of life. The film basically just follows this character over the course of a week and see his struggles. Throughout the film there's a real tension the viewer can't quite put their finger on, you just know something bad is going to happen but you've gotten to know this guy so well that you can hardly bear to watch. The film is marred by it's low budget, one can tell that a number of the supporting characters are played by amateurs and a few scenes supposedly set in a nightclub look like they were shot in someone's garage. Otherwise this is a very compelling independent movie.
June 29, 2008

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    1. Ahmad: Life sucks for the bottom-feeders.
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