Off the Hook
Off the Hook (2000)

Two friends looking for a way out of the desperate poverty of the South Bronx find themselves traveling in different directions in this street-smart drama. Walter (Walter Velasquez) and Lorenzo (Jamal Mackey) are the two members of an… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 17, 2002
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Chicago Reader

Bounce is much more successful than most other films that deal with daily life in the projects.

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Lisa Nesselson

[Sports] admirable energy, full-bodied characterizations and narrative urgency.

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Wilson Morales

There are no special effects, and no Hollywood endings.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Despite the inexperience of the director and his cast, there's rarely a false moment.

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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

Watstein handily directs and edits around his screenplay's sappier elements ... and sustains Off the Hook's buildup with remarkable assuredness for a first-timer.

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Joshua Tanzer

It uses some of the figures from the real-life story to portray themselves in the film. The result is a powerful, naturally dramatic piece of low-budget filmmaking.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

An ultra-low-budget indie debut that smacks more of good intentions than talent.

Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

Earnest and heartfelt but undernourished and plodding.

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Donald J. Levit
Film Threat

An engrossing first feature from writer/director/ co-producer Adam Watstein.

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