Harlem Aria
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An aspiring opera singer from Harlem teams up with a charismatic busker and a kindhearted hustler to share his voice with the world, and teaches his two newfound friends the importance of taking your destiny into your own hands. Anton (Gabriel Casseus) lives in Harlem with his aunt. He dreams of moving to Italy and becoming a famous opera singer, and though he's been blessed with a magnificent singing voice, his passion has made him an outsider in his neighborhood. Running away from home, Anton meets passionate street pianist Matthew (Christian Carmago) and together the two begin drawing… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Missing no stops on the road from cloying to annoying, Harlem Aria has waited more than 10 years for domestic release. Maybe its destiny has been written."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"You're better off giving your money to a real street performer."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Time Out New York
"100 minutes of Hell that had me reaching for my meds."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Scrap the negligible subplot about inanimate objects desiring, and achieving, corporeal existence and the narrative of William Jennings's Harlem Aria is essentially Pinocchio in the Hood."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Harlem Aria has been gathering dust since it screened at the Toronto Film Festival in 1999. Why it is now getting a release is something Congress should look into."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Racial tensions and bawdy humor carry the day, until, following an unfunny set piece at a fancy hotel and a street robbery, black and white (far too) easily come together to help their young charge."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Village Voice
"A contrived, lazy drama that's increasingly asinine, unrealistic, awkward and over-the-top."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Despite pro handling on both sides of he camera, the storytelling and filmmaking ring false, especially, in the characterizations."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"100 minutes of Hell that had me reaching for my meds."
‑ Kam Williams, TheLoop21.com
"Entertaining debut film about a Harlem laundry worker who dreams of becoming a famous tenor."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
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