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Raising Victor Vargas Reviews

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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
April 21, 2003
An irritatingly acted, cookie cutter story that takes great delight in its own grittiness and perceived smarts. Peter Sollet's wheels-in-the-mud script evidences no basic understanding of teen reality.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Joshua Tanzer
March 28, 2003
Features strong performances, but inadequate writing and directorial preparation leave it dramatically stagnant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
March 23, 2003
It's a sweet movie told with unswerving honesty, but it never quite manages to be compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
July 5, 2003
Suffers because it is naive and disjointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
September 12, 2003
it becomes, quite possibly, one of the best films about teenage confusion and closeness ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 18, 2003
It's the kind of movie you know you can trust, and you give yourself over to affection for these characters who are so lovingly observed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 7, 2003
An arresting triumph for Sollett.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 18, 2002
Sollett reminds you of what it is like to be 16.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 14, 2003
Raising Victor Vargas gets everything just right.
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
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
October 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Eric D. Snider
March 16, 2003
One of the most deliciously authentic films I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
April 17, 2003
His film may be something of a beautiful lie, but what's true about Sollett's characters is that their dreams, their grace and their struggles are as real as it gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
Even though Raising Victor Vargas offers a fairly standard teen love story, it's also a solid, intriguing look at an immigrant family in New York.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
April 25, 2003
Raising Victor Vargas is alive, full of fizz and light as air.
| Original Score: 4/4
Nick Rogers
September 17, 2010
Writer/director Peter Sollett refreshingly avoids placing characters into lazy traps of pregnancy, betrayal or violence. These are intelligent, thoughtful teenagers whom you'll fondly remember as struggling through desires and instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeremy Heilman
September 18, 2002
It wonderfully captures both the innocent side of teenage puppy love and the posturing that always threatens to end that innocence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 28, 2002
There is a raw tenderness at the heart of the film that actually catches us off guard at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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