Chop Shop Reviews

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November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
October 18, 2008
All these low-level criminal enterprises and idle dreams aren't happening in Mexico City or Kandahar; they're just outside Queens.
July 9, 2008
It's a sharp mixture of neorealist grit and lyricism.
July 9, 2008
It's a near-masterwork of low-budget precision and improvisation, constructed and rehearsed over many months in collaboration with the actors and the entire Willets Point community.
June 27, 2008
In this clear-eyed, quietly absorbing film, director Ramin Bahrani opens up a wedge of Third World America that operates, all but invisibly, in plain sight.
May 30, 2008
Bahrani celebrates those who never give up, no matter how badly their dreams are shattered.
May 30, 2008
It's exciting watching Bahrani explore the possibilities of neo-realism to dramatize penury and disenfranchisement among the service-class in this country.
May 29, 2008
Ramin Bahrani's patient, perfectly-scripted vrit drama doesn't have many plot points, but we're so absorbed in their world that each upset leaves us frustrated and furious.
April 18, 2008
Bahrani blurs the line between New York reality and fiction so effectively that his scripted films feel vibrantly authentic, as if Bahrani had simply discovered his characters and allowed their lives to proceed with a minimum of directorial intrusion.
April 11, 2008
Beautifully observed, and beautifully acted by the novice thespian Polanco (culled from a New York City public school), Chop Shop is at once a heartbreaker and a story of hope and the American Dream.
April 10, 2008
The director has created a not-to-miss gem for the discriminating viewer.
March 28, 2008
Bahrani deftly walks a tightrope toward insight, never falling into safety nets of judgment or unearned sentiment.
March 28, 2008
Tells the kind of New York story too often overlooked.
March 21, 2008
Three shots into Rahmin Bahrani's Chop Shop, and you're already pulled into its world with an effortless economy and precision that leave you no doubt you're in the best of cinematic hands.
February 29, 2008
Iranian-American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani showed great compassion for New York's underclass with his first feature, Man Push Cart, and his storytelling skill has only sharpened with this riveting followup.
February 28, 2008
It's already been compared to Brazilian classics City of God and Pixote. But Chop Shop is both more hopeful and less punishing than those films, in no small measure owing to the synergy between first-time actors Polanco and Gonzales.
February 28, 2008
As he did in his striking 2005 first feature film, Man Push Cart, about a Pakistani street vendor in New York, perceptive indie filmmaker Ramin Bahrani looks at what others overlook and finds drama in everyday details.
February 27, 2008
Chop Shop is concerned principally with the kind of hard, marginal labor that more comfortable city dwellers rarely notice.
February 27, 2008
[Rahman] Bahrani's unsentimental film is perhaps most interesting as a look at a colorful, little-known world that has recently been targeted for urban renewal.
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