Liberty Heights
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It is Baltimore in 1954 and everything is changing. In this year, school desegregation is happening for the first time, bringing black and white children from different neighborhoods into the same classrooms. In this year, the dawning of rock'n'roll is giving teenagers their first slice of a musical world that will become uniquely their own. In this year, the influx of automobiles becomes a powerful force in America, allowing people the mobility and privacy to travel at will--to see things right in their own hometown that were previously unknown to them. And in this year, the Kurtzman… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A grand slam!"
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Coming to terms with "the other" (whether stranger, enemy, or alien) is as critical to the development of soul now as it was in the 1950s."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A pretty brave and ambitious feat."
‑ Steven Boone, Citysearch
"The meandering focus of the script isn't quite as sharp as it should be, but there is nothing muddled about the warm feelings the film strongly evokes."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A thoroughly grounded statement about the human condition."
‑ Jeanne Aufmuth, Palo Alto Weekly
"Liberty Heights is worth a look, with its rich characters and dialogue, and its gorgeous cinematography by Chris Doyle."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Lovingly crafted."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"Writer-director Barry Levinson brings it all back home to Baltimore and delivers his funniest and most heartfelt film since Diner."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A pleasure to behold."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
"An attractive, albeit modest, addition to the Levinson collection."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Excellent re-creation of the clothing and landmarks of Baltimore in the 1950s."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Nostalgia is a tricky thing, but Levinson manages to strike just the right balance of humor, affection, and candor."
‑ Jean Oppenheimer, New Times
"Both epic and intimate, taking on a large cast of characters while focusing quietly on the details of their lives."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Overall this movie just doesn't live up to its aims."
‑ Robert Strohmeyer,
"A charming film, infused and emotionally heightened by the imagination of memory."
‑ Bridget Byrne, Boxoffice Magazine
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