Off Jackson Avenue
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The fates of a Mexican woman sold into sexual slavery, a car thief seeking to go straight, and a Japanese assassin converge on the streets of New York City in director John-Luke Montias' complex crime drama. Lured to New York from Mexico with the promise of a stable restaurant job, Olivia (Jessica Pimentel) finds herself imprisoned in an inner-city bordello and forced into prostitution. She's under the thumb of Albanian pimp Milot (Stivi Paskoski), who has recently dethroned a Chinese mob boss named Eddie Chang (Clem Cheung). Chang is none too pleased to see Milot encroaching on his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its laid-back absurdist tone and no-nonsense pacing make for an audio-visual delight."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Not the first movie to follow a victim of sex trafficking into a living nightmare."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Count me in for this filmmaker's next offering. I detect a burgeoning talent here."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"An urban wasteland gritty slice of life dramatic collision of a seriously hallucinating multinational Japanese hitman, bottom feeder car thieves, and a Long Island City immigrant sex slave uprising."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"This indie drama deserves points for effort, but the movie's micro-budget is often difficult to ignore."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"A nicely done first feature from writer-director John-Luke Montias, Off Jackson Avenue has a rich sense of place and enough confidence in its story that it doesn't need to have its characters collide, Crash-style, until they have to."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Like a less didactic version of Crash, John-Luke Montias's multiculti, multithreaded drama forces a handful of disparate characters to converge for no purpose other than narrative closure."
‑ Andrew Grant, Time Out New York
"Gritty inner city drama with a message presented by new names and faces makes a great film."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"So pressed to push plot, the filmmaker deserts little (big) things, like location attributes and character quirks. Much of the fodder is slippery pastiche, winking flirtations at elders who do gangster capers better and bolder."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"A well-constructed crime drama in which three characters find themselves in tight squeezes and try to squirm free."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"If there really are 8 million stories in the naked city, you'd think that writer-director John-Luke Montias would have come up with more convincing scenarios for his Queens-based movie Off Jackson Avenue."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Amusingly improbable."
‑ Elena Oumano, Village Voice
"Mildly engaging, but often contrived and dull with stilted dialogue that lacks much-needed pizzazz."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"In Off Jackson Avenue, Olivia is gutsy, shrewd, and fed up in a way that makes her look ripe for a Quentin Tarantino movie."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Sex slavery, Japanese hit men, and ordinary car thieves converge on the mean streets of Long Island City in Off Jackson Avenue, John-Luke Montias's engagingly lurid but ultimately tepid crime drama."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
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