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Manito Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 24, 2006
First-time director Eric Eason's assured debut feature is a gritty urban drama shot on a shaky handheld DV camera for $25,000.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
July 1, 2005
The film shows a capsule of American urban life where few outside the community venture in. Eason hands out an invitation to do so. Accept it willingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
July 15, 2003
The digital camera itself becomes a major character because it gives any director with unique connections access to previously unfilmable subjects
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Alex Kranz
Premiere Magazine
June 23, 2003
The movie barrels painfully through increasing misfortunes ... leaving filmgoers to walk out with the rawest of reactions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
June 20, 2003
Ragged but intense, this compassionate little movie is stocked with enough skillful touches and sensitive moments to stir interest in Eason's future work.
Harry Haun
Film Journal International
June 14, 2003
A mangy little movie that winds up -- surprise! surprise! -- leaving you genuinely moved and sadly bewildered.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 13, 2003
A low-budget wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 13, 2003
A remarkably assured feature debut, Eric Eason's raw, intimate movie deftly captures the kinetic energy of its Washington Heights setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Erich Scholz
Citysearch
June 13, 2003
A compelling slice-of-life narrative that draws much of its strength from its non-professional actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
June 13, 2003
What Manito delivers that its cable TV cousins rarely seem interested in exploring are the tiniest details of the real urban 'hood where its stories take place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 13, 2003
[Eason] has a quick-moving, incisive eye that captures little details of gesture and décor ... and also an ear finely tuned to the nuances of talk.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 13, 2003
Where do the actors come from, who can walk into their first picture and act with such effortless effect?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
June 13, 2003
Eason has crafted a small, independent film that has an outsized impact.
| Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
June 13, 2003
A solid, touching effort.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
June 12, 2003
Manito packs a visceral punch; it grabs hold and doesn't let go.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
June 12, 2003
Eason balances the clichés of a fairly standard story with convincing realism and a powerful momentum that never flags.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 12, 2003
A small film with a big impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 12, 2003
Eason has made a film about family tragedy that sings along on an electrical pulse of energetic editing, convincing naturalism and a confident sense of turf.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 12, 2003
Flaunts all of its potential liabilities -- microscopic budget, first-time director, unknown cast, downbeat story -- and, one by one, transforms them into soaring triumphs.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jon Strickland
L.A. Weekly
June 12, 2003
Eric Eason's assured debut succeeds in the way Larry Clark's Kids succeeded -- through a feel for the rhythms of street life, and some extraordinary casting.
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