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Washington Heights Reviews

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Brandon Judell
June 7, 2014
Considering the money this film cost to make, its short shooting schedule, and its unpandering ethnic content, it's a triumph.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
July 31, 2003
A promising debut that makes us anticipate this Columbia University film grad's sophomore work.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 31, 2003
Buoyed by strong performances from Perez and Miami-resident Milian, Washington Heights overcomes the familiarity of its premise through its passion and conviction.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 21, 2003
Deserves a wide audience hungry for sympathetic, three-dimensional people caught up in something bigger than themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 11, 2003
A fine and absorbing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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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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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 28, 2003
Perez has fire and verve in him and an impressive screen presence.
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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.
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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.
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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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Stephanie Zacharek
May 9, 2003
Washington Heights feels stiff and overworked in places, and sometimes the acting is a bit awkward. And yet the story is both compelling and easy to identify with.
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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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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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Edward Crouse
Village Voice
May 6, 2003
The DV tics (vertiginous pull-zooms, smeary focus) can't bury the movie's immense heart.
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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.