Raising Victor Vargas Reviews
February 16, 2021
The work avoids a variety of clichés and attempts to take seriously its young protagonists' lives and dilemmas.
February 4, 2020
Few films capture how hostile and enormous the world can be for children and the defenses they create to cope, but this easygoing, lovely film does, to great, tender effect.
January 11, 2018
Peter Sollett's remarkable movie about the lives and loves of Latino teenagers in New York's Lower East Side is an unexpected treat.
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.
December 30, 2006
December 6, 2005
September 30, 2004
ultimately, it lacks the backbone, the thematic heft, to be anything beyond a sweet redemption story
April 30, 2004
Sollett isn't crusading or exploiting the kids' sex lives. His approach is reminiscent of John Cassavetes's Shadows in its emphasis on sibling bonds and improvised dialogue.
January 24, 2004
January 18, 2004
Better than many other films in the dreaded 'coming-of-age' genre, but is not exceptional.
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.
October 14, 2003
Peter Sollet's "Raising Victor Vargas" is a special film, independent in the truest sense of the word.
September 18, 2003
It's fun to see the characters struggle with maintaining their tough personas while wanting to let someone into their hearts.
September 15, 2003
A beguiling coming-of-age story set in New York during one sweltering summer when teenagers are seesawing between bravado and timid vulnerability in the face of sex's mysteries.