Raising Victor Vargas Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.

January 24, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 11, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
October 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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
Matthew Turner
September 20, 2003
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.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
October 24, 2003

October 1, 2003
Elbert Ventura
August 30, 2003
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
May 14, 2003
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 25, 2003
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