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Where God Left His Shoes

Where God Left His Shoes (2007)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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After months of living in an inner-city homeless shelter, Frank Diaz (John Leguizamo) receives an opportunity to get an apartment for his family on Christmas Eve. When Frank learns that he must first provide proof of employment before taking occupancy, he and his stepson set out to find the job that could become the first step in a whole new life. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Unrated,

Drama

Salvatore Stabile

Nov 3, 2009

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (4)

Writer-director Salvatore Stabile keeps his affecting story hurtling forward with such grit and integrity it's easy to forgive its loaded setup and occasional lapses in detail and logic.

December 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The acting, the on-the-fly atmosphere (the film was shot quickly), and Leguizamo's increasingly urgent hustle are deeply evocative, but parts of the movie are almost too painful to endure.

December 15, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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This film needs more than God's Nikes to resonate with an already economically downtrodden filmgoing populace.

December 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Stabile, a Brooklyn native with a resume in TV production, knows how to line up a permit and scout out perfect South Brooklyn Italian manors and melancholic intersections. He gets interesting scenes, too.

December 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Writer-director Salvatore Stabile has a good eye for the details of hard-luck ordinariness, and he sketches believable family bonds with a minimum of flourish.

December 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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A neorealist glimpse of a father trying to find a job on Christmas Eve, with a magnetic performance by David Castro in the role of his son.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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you won't get much out of Where God Left His Shoes other than an appreciation of the fact that you have a home for the holidays.

November 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Although the situation feels slightly contrived... the script is bang on.

July 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

With a more organic and imaginative screenplay, Where God Left His Shoes could have been much more emotionally resonating and powerful.

January 31, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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Where God Left His Shoes is a holiday miracle - a gritty tale about homelessness that's neither sappy nor sentimental

December 23, 2008 Full Review Source: PajamasMedia
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If you could cut all the music from Where God Left His Shoes, you might actually have a solid family drama.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Where God Left His Shoes

John Leguizamo and David Castro bring POWER to their roles as father and step-son. I have always enjoyed John Leguizamo's acting, but this role soon John is forgotten and he is Frank Diaz. David Castro turns on the crocodile tears in one seen that marks this kid for great things to come! John and David show they can handle the roles and I hope to see more of both in the future... both should be Oscar bound! The ending is so not Hollywood and it is what makes me love this movie even more!! One review below says it better than I can, "it does not pour on the saccharine", thanks Peter Gula... that is a great way to express this movie.
September 23, 2010
Tomassgringo

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Such a touching movie. I didn't like the ending, but it had a good story. Leguizamo was awesome, as was the little boy who played his stepson.
August 16, 2009
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