Raising Victor Vargas Reviews

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Nick Rogers
September 17, 2010
Writer/director Peter Sollett refreshingly avoids placing characters into lazy traps of pregnancy, betrayal or violence. These are intelligent, thoughtful teenagers whom you'll fondly remember as struggling through desires and instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
September 30, 2004
ultimately, it lacks the backbone, the thematic heft, to be anything beyond a sweet redemption story
| Original Score: 3/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 30, 2004
Sollett isn't crusading or exploiting the kids' sex lives. His approach is reminiscent of John Cassavetes's Shadows in its emphasis on sibling bonds and improvised dialogue.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 18, 2004
Better than many other films in the dreaded 'coming-of-age' genre, but is not exceptional.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
Even though Raising Victor Vargas offers a fairly standard teen love story, it's also a solid, intriguing look at an immigrant family in New York.
Marcy Dermansky
October 14, 2003
Peter Sollet's "Raising Victor Vargas" is a special film, independent in the truest sense of the word.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
September 18, 2003
It's fun to see the characters struggle with maintaining their tough personas while wanting to let someone into their hearts.
| Original Score: A-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 15, 2003
A beguiling coming-of-age story set in New York during one sweltering summer when teenagers are seesawing between bravado and timid vulnerability in the face of sex's mysteries.
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
September 12, 2003
it becomes, quite possibly, one of the best films about teenage confusion and closeness ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 9, 2003
A keenly observed, captivating, and innately funny portrait of teenagers coming to terms with their sexuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
August 5, 2003
The movie's greatest asset is its naturalism: The actors, none of them professionals, slip into these roles so effortlessly, it's easy to forget they're working from a script...
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 4, 2003
Captures the awkwardness of adolescence like few films have.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
July 24, 2003
It's sweet and funny and sexy, not unlike 'Y Tu Mama Tambien'.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 14, 2003
Charming and disarming...
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 11, 2003
Sweet-natured, charming comedy-drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Katrina Onstad
National Post
July 8, 2003
The true love story at the heart of the film is about family, a theme rarely handled with such grace and humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 7, 2003
An arresting triumph for Sollett.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
July 5, 2003
Sweet, heartfelt, and confidently told; A terrific debut for all involved.
Top Critic
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 5, 2003
A marvel of closely observed, intimately captivating moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
July 5, 2003
Suffers because it is naive and disjointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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