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Raising Victor Vargas Reviews

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Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
June 13, 2003
An exceptionally strong debut film that rings true and honest about teenagers and their emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 9, 2003
Packed with the type of pyrotechnics that come from the purest of sources: good performers and worthwhile material.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 1, 2003
It's funny, romantic, tender, probing and true to life.
Full Review | Original Score: A -
Richard Horgan
May 30, 2003
In a day and age when head shaking moments of disbelief are about as commonplace at the Cineplex as stale popcorn, Raising Victor Vargas is reason enough for discerning moviegoers to raise a cheer.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 30, 2003
It is throughly involving, depicting the real and recognizable frustrations of teenagers and the grown-ups who have responsibility for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
May 28, 2003
Real, sweet and often really sweet.
| Original Score: 3/4
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
May 27, 2003
A great little film that, while lacking visual flair, portrays a faith in and understanding of mankind that is difficult to find anywhere these days.
| Original Score: 83/100
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
May 26, 2003
Never once feels false or hits a sour note, and its actors don't seem at all like they're acting.
| Original Score: 7/10
Ian Grey
Orlando Weekly
May 22, 2003
Raising Victor Vargas is more than a terrific film -- it's a kind one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 16, 2003
Full of humor and heart, it is the best family comedy since Moonstruck.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 16, 2003
In Raising Victor Vargas, everyone has feelings.
| Original Score: 4/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 16, 2003
A coming-of-age story in which tenderness is silent but runs deep.
| Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2003
You keep waiting for it to not be awesome... and it keeps being awesome.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 15, 2003
The narrative is thin, but the little-known cast (who helped writer-director Peter Sollett develop the characters) bring an element of realism to roles that defy stereotypes and pigeonholing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Collin Souter
May 14, 2003
The movie has a fresh, vibrant feel to it that gives its characters room to breathe and be themselves. The best part: Nobody wears out their welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 12, 2003
["Raising Victor Vargas"] is such a well crafted, good hearted teen romance I hope it gets deserved life in the after market.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
May 7, 2003
A satisfying motion picture that wins its audience over because the characters are allowed to be themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
May 3, 2003
Protagonists Rasuk and Marte are very good here, as are the others.
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
May 2, 2003
Raising Victor Vargas displays a sweet intelligence. It has a gritty charm about itself .
| Original Score: 4/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 2, 2003
Writer-director Sollett has a honed, at-home cast and a deft, funny sense of eros. The many close-ups establish intimacy, though at times this feels like a case study in sex and urban density.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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