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Adrift in Manhattan
Adrift in Manhattan, the third feature effort of Hispanic writer/director Alfredo de Villa (Washington Heights, Yellow), intercuts three intensely dramatic stories of life during a cold New York winter, each of which revolves around the concept (and thematic motif) of vision. In the first, an eye doctor grieving from a traumatic loss (Heather Graham) must reexamine her life and priorities; in the second, an artist of advanced age must contend with encroaching blindness -- thus losing the one of his five senses that represents his greatest asset; in the third, a photographer grapples with inner… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You can't build a movie around lingering, soulful shots of the No. 1 train zooming up and down the West Side."
‑ Julia Wallace, Village Voice
"Adrift is a small film with great humanity and deserves a broader audience than it's likely to get."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Adrift in Manhattan is a quietly moving film about alienation and connection."
‑ Jamie Tipps, Film Threat
"An all-too-familiar wallow in urban woe and artfully photographed isolation."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"A delicate piece with good performances and an intriguing enough setup, the drama ultimately doesn't go anywhere definite or distinctive enough to leave a lasting impression."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Better directed than written, de Villa's meditation on loss, loneliness, and alientaion in urban New York is downbeat, slow, studied, and a bit pretentious, but it's nicely acted by the entire cast, particularly Victor Rasuk and Dominic Chianese."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...overall, his [Alfredo De Villa's] latest flick is dramatically tepid."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The film's most effective moments are its quietest."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Throw a rock into any year's Sundance guide and you're guaranteed to hit at least two or three multi-pronged grave and oh-so-earnest weep-dramas like this one."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Cinematical
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