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Raising Victor Vargas Reviews

July 5, 2003
A marvel of closely observed, intimately captivating moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
May 28, 2003
Real, sweet and often really sweet.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2003
In Raising Victor Vargas, everyone has feelings.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
May 2, 2003
For those sick of the tired conventions of 'rom-coms' (as Hollywood wags call romantic comedies), Vargas is a refreshing cure, frank about healthy teenage curiosity and sexuality in ways that don't make them punchlines to smutty jokes.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 2, 2003
There's nothing in the utterly enchanting Raising Victor Vargas you haven't seen before; you'd just be hard-pressed to name another movie that did it as well.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 1, 2003
Every frame of this movie feels real.
Read More | Original Score: A-
May 1, 2003
Raising Victor Vargas has landed exactly the right actors for a script that already gets points for respecting its teenage characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2003
The film offers a realistic and funny slice of life.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 1, 2003
A delightful example of what happens when a rather slight story is handled with passion, humor and care.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 30, 2003
It is warm, generous, courtly, compassionate and humanistic in the best sense.
April 25, 2003
First-time writer/director Peter Sollett, working with mostly nonprofessional actors who live in the neighborhood in which the film is set, has caught something lovely in that golden summer light.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 25, 2003
A gritty but sweet look at young love and family dynamics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 25, 2003
As fresh -- and as restorative -- as a lemon ice on a hot day.
April 25, 2003
A wonderfully engaging movie.
Read More | Original Score: A-
April 25, 2003
Succeeds where 100 studio-generated teen romances ... have failed.
April 24, 2003
One of those rare films that touches the heart even as it tweaks the funny bone.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
April 18, 2003
The R rating is understandable, but absurd. This is a family film in the most complicated and, ultimately, most cheering sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 17, 2003
Both intimate and universal, the film ripples with little human moments we've all lived, whether or not we were raised on Manhattan's poor Lower East Side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
April 17, 2003
It's the authenticity of the characters, and the skill of the largely nonprofessional cast at letting them come alive, that make the movie such a dazzler.
April 14, 2003
Raising Victor Vargas gets everything just right.
April 9, 2003
The writer-director, Peter Sollett, cast the film with kids from his own neighborhood, who give themselves over to the camera with a spirit of improvised play that morphs into vivid, layered acting.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 2, 2003
A modest and tightly focused picture, and its very directness makes it piercingly intimate.
March 30, 2003
A comedy in the best sense -- it draws its life from the pitch-perfect authenticity of its characters.
March 28, 2003
What lifts Sollett's film above the run-of-the-mill boy-meets-girl tale is its genuine sweetness and Sollett's ability to effect a striking authenticity.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 26, 2003
Mr. Sollett's accomplishment is the film's matter-of-fact solidity; he makes you wonder what his creations are doing when they're off screen.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 25, 2003
Tender and funny.
March 21, 2003
A coming-of-age movie that really nails it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2002
Sollett reminds you of what it is like to be 16.