• R, 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Alfredo De Villa
    In Theaters:
    May 9, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 4, 2003
  • Mac Releasing

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Washington Heights Reviews

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Brandon Judell
indieWIRE

Considering the money this film cost to make, its short shooting schedule, and its unpandering ethnic content, it's a triumph.

Full Review Source: indieWIRE

June 7, 2014
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

may inspire some to get off at 191st street

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B-

July 2, 2013
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

De Villa has a light touch that instills the film with a certain charm that saves the day

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

May 21, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A solid effort by the talented de Villa in his directorial debut.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

November 29, 2003
Kim Morgan
Oregonian

The performances are uniformly fine, with Perez showing a heavy amount of presence and complexity.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

October 3, 2003
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

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

September 6, 2003
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

An affecting reworking of a traditional story, told with passion, sensitivity, and a little clumsiness.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B-

August 4, 2003
Beth Wood
San Diego Union-Tribune

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 Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | 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 Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 1, 2003
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
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A promising debut that makes us anticipate this Columbia University film grad's sophomore work.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

July 31, 2003
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 31, 2003
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Washington Heights is sloppy and often undernourished, but it convincingly creates a neighborhood throbbing with activity and caring.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

July 23, 2003
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Deserves a wide audience hungry for sympathetic, three-dimensional people caught up in something bigger than themselves.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 21, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Washington Heights may not always be great, but director Alfredo de Villa lights an undeniable fire in the movie's belly.

| Original Score: B

July 19, 2003
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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A fine and absorbing film.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 11, 2003
Evan Henerson
Los Angeles Daily News

Often engaging.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 11, 2003
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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One wishes the turns of Carlos' life felt more like life and less like a movie.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 9, 2003
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Director de Villa captures the rhythms and colors, the sounds and flavor of the neighborhood that gives this movie its name.

June 15, 2003
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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Perez has fire and verve in him and an impressive screen presence.

May 28, 2003
Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com

Desperate... to please, to be urban-authentic.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

May 18, 2003
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