Acts of Worship (2003)

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A familiar story with heart-wrenching humanity and an astonishing ability to display the horrific pain that comes when someone is in the ferocious grip of drug addiction. Alix, a young white, educated, middle-class girl, turned homeless due to her crack and heroin addiction. Her daily life consists of hustling for money to buy drugs. She constantly takes advantage of the few friends she does have, because of her desperate need to feed her habit. When Digna, a photographer on the verge of making it big, befriends Alix and attempts to set her on the path to recovery, the troubled girl's emotional and ethical cores are put to the test. On the surface the two women seem to represent success and failure respectively. However, when their lives become intertwined, the similarities between them are exposed, revealing them both to be suffering from a fear that manifests itself in self-destruction and isolation.

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

Has all the hallmarks of a high-quality independent production, where real-life texture and genuine emotion more than compensate for lack of polish.

Mar 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

For better and worse, Rosemary Rodriguez's directing debut feels just like what it is -- a drama about addiction made by a recovering addict.

Nov 21, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4

Rosemary Rodriguez makes a worthy debut with this troubling tale of a young druggie struggling to survive on the streets of the East Village.

Nov 21, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4

Despite its crudeness, the film has a number of scenes that are so real they hurt.

Nov 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Digna's struggle with sellout guilt is way more interesting than Alix's boilerplate dissembly, but ultimately Digna's just a pawn in the moralist checkmate.

Nov 18, 2003 | Full Review…

Generally competent and contains the heartfelt and persuasive message that judging others is easy, but truly empathizing is hard.

Mar 1, 2007 | Full Review…

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