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Washington Heights Reviews

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August 1, 2003
The performances are good... but they're just 2-dimensional people living in a 3-dimensional world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Beth Wood
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 1, 2003
The genuine affection Washington Heights displays for the Manhattan neighborhood of the same name can't make up for its lack of originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
July 9, 2003
One wishes the turns of Carlos' life felt more like life and less like a movie.
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
August 24, 2002
When the film shows the awkwardness of the lead's caregiver relationship with his cranky father, De Villa finds material that's compelling, but such complications as the girlfriend's violent brother going ballistic and tragedy ensuing are rugged cliches.
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
May 9, 2003
Motivations slide right off the page ... Storylines are snipped short and major characters become bystanders.
David Noh
Film Journal International
May 10, 2003
Sincere but amateurishly filmed urban tale marked by some nice performances.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 16, 2003
Mr. De Villa seems to have the talent to do better, if only he can find stronger characters and story lines than he has at his disposal here.
Pete Croatto
May 18, 2003
Desperate... to please, to be urban-authentic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
The film has an urgency and assured street-level realism that is rare for any film, let alone one by a first-time director.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 9, 2003
A fine Latino film exploring the transformation of a conflict-ridden relationship between a Dominican-born store owner and his comic book illustrator son.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 29, 2003
A solid effort by the talented de Villa in his directorial debut.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 9, 2003
For all its untidiness, Washington Heights teems with life, and its star, Mr. Perez, has charisma to burn.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
May 9, 2003
Story is less than revelatory, but the filmmaking is energetic and convincing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 15, 2003
Director de Villa captures the rhythms and colors, the sounds and flavor of the neighborhood that gives this movie its name.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 19, 2003
Washington Heights may not always be great, but director Alfredo de Villa lights an undeniable fire in the movie's belly.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 23, 2003
Washington Heights is sloppy and often undernourished, but it convincingly creates a neighborhood throbbing with activity and caring.
Read More | Original Score: B-
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
July 2, 2013
may inspire some to get off at 191st street
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
May 21, 2004
De Villa has a light touch that instills the film with a certain charm that saves the day
Dan DiClerico
Boxoffice Magazine
May 16, 2003
Its depiction of life sidesteps cliché, sticking to the borough of real and plausible human emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
May 9, 2003
Washington Heights hits a few false notes -- Eddie's vicious put-downs of his son's professional goals seem extreme, and the tragic denouement is slightly melodramatic -- but De Villa has created a truthful representation of a colorful community.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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