Washington Heights Reviews

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Brandon Judell
June 7, 2014
Considering the money this film cost to make, its short shooting schedule, and its unpandering ethnic content, it's a triumph.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
July 2, 2013
may inspire some to get off at 191st street
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
May 21, 2004
De Villa has a light touch that instills the film with a certain charm that saves the day
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 29, 2003
A solid effort by the talented de Villa in his directorial debut.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kim Morgan
October 3, 2003
The performances are uniformly fine, with Perez showing a heavy amount of presence and complexity.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
The film has an urgency and assured street-level realism that is rare for any film, let alone one by a first-time director.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 4, 2003
An affecting reworking of a traditional story, told with passion, sensitivity, and a little clumsiness.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Beth Wood
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 1, 2003
The genuine affection Washington Heights displays for the Manhattan neighborhood of the same name can't make up for its lack of originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 1, 2003
The performances are good... but they're just 2-dimensional people living in a 3-dimensional world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
July 31, 2003
A promising debut that makes us anticipate this Columbia University film grad's sophomore work.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 31, 2003
Buoyed by strong performances from Perez and Miami-resident Milian, Washington Heights overcomes the familiarity of its premise through its passion and conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 23, 2003
Washington Heights is sloppy and often undernourished, but it convincingly creates a neighborhood throbbing with activity and caring.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 21, 2003
Deserves a wide audience hungry for sympathetic, three-dimensional people caught up in something bigger than themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 19, 2003
Washington Heights may not always be great, but director Alfredo de Villa lights an undeniable fire in the movie's belly.
| Original Score: B
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 11, 2003
A fine and absorbing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Evan Henerson
Los Angeles Daily News
July 11, 2003
Often engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
July 9, 2003
One wishes the turns of Carlos' life felt more like life and less like a movie.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 15, 2003
Director de Villa captures the rhythms and colors, the sounds and flavor of the neighborhood that gives this movie its name.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 28, 2003
Perez has fire and verve in him and an impressive screen presence.
Pete Croatto
May 18, 2003
Desperate... to please, to be urban-authentic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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