Gun Hill Road
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After three years in prison, Enrique (Esai Morales) returns home to the Bronx to find the world he knew has changed. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes), struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael (Harmony Santana), explores a sexual transformation well beyond Enrique's grasp and understanding. Unable to accept his child, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by protecting Michael. Still under the watchful eye of his parole officer (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.), Enrique must become the father he needs to be or, once again, risk… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Gun Hill Road is shot through with performances at once intense and relaxed."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"In writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green's assured hands, "Gun Hill Road" manages somehow to be gritty, delicate, in your face and nuanced at the same time."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"Though the story follows a familiar trajectory, Gun Hill Road offers a lot of fresh insight into the day-to-day transgender experience."
‑ Richard Knight, Knight at the Movies
"A moving and enlightening exploration of the conflicts between identity, desire, cultural expectations, and family ties."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"It's hokey at times - but it also knows how to move you on a personal level."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"Feels like it's been workshopped, from its string of coincidences to its tidy downbeat conclusion in which Green stabs at irony with a dull knife."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Tenderness and good intentions don't necessarily add up to a movie."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"A film that might have an afterschool special feel, but compensates for it somewhat with mood and intensity."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Marked by an engaging and grounded turn from Harmony Santana, but lacking narrative originality, and seemingly constructed in moralizing fashion to pull dramatic levers and kick-start off-screen dialogues."
‑ Brent Simon,
"Despite the characters and grittiness of milieu, the overall vibe is that of a soap operatic Afterschool Special."
‑ Pam Grady, Boxoffice Magazine
"Before some predictable, freedom-threatening recidivism on Enrique's part, the film exhibits a simultaneously anthropological and sensitive interest in Michael's day-to-day life..."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"A coiled feeling hangs over writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green's assured, engrossing feature film debut."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"It's most powerful in its quiet moments that deal with the familial dynamics of a family torn apart by incarceration."
‑ Molly Eichel, Philadelphia Daily News
"Keep an eye on Green, as he knows how to write dialogue, gets the most out of his actors and makes a most promising debut."
‑ Neil Rosen, NY1-TV
"naked in its sincerity"
‑ Christopher Null,
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