Raising Victor Vargas
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A self-styled teenage Romeo, from Manhattan's Lower East Side, is bent on seducing a girl who appears to be well beyond his reach. However, his reputation for seduction, along with the fact that he lives with his grandmother and bothersome brother in a tiny tenement, complicate his plans.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"A marvel of closely observed, intimately captivating moments."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"In Raising Victor Vargas, everyone has feelings."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Writer/director Peter Sollett refreshingly avoids placing characters into lazy traps of pregnancy, betrayal or violence. These are intelligent, thoughtful teenagers whom you'll fondly remember as struggling through desires and instincts."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Better than many other films in the dreaded 'coming-of-age' genre, but is not exceptional."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It's fun to see the characters struggle with maintaining their tough personas while wanting to let someone into their hearts."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"It is throughly involving, depicting the real and recognizable frustrations of teenagers and the grown-ups who have responsibility for them."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"The narrative is thin, but the little-known cast (who helped writer-director Peter Sollett develop the characters) bring an element of realism to roles that defy stereotypes and pigeonholing."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"ultimately, it lacks the backbone, the thematic heft, to be anything beyond a sweet redemption story"
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"Even though Raising Victor Vargas offers a fairly standard teen love story, it's also a solid, intriguing look at an immigrant family in New York."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"A beguiling coming-of-age story set in New York during one sweltering summer when teenagers are seesawing between bravado and timid vulnerability in the face of sex's mysteries."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Real, sweet and often really sweet."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"A satisfying motion picture that wins its audience over because the characters are allowed to be themselves."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Sollett isn't crusading or exploiting the kids' sex lives. His approach is reminiscent of John Cassavetes's Shadows in its emphasis on sibling bonds and improvised dialogue."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Peter Sollet's "Raising Victor Vargas" is a special film, independent in the truest sense of the word."
‑ Marcy Dermansky, About.com
"it becomes, quite possibly, one of the best films about teenage confusion and closeness ever made."
‑ Steven Snyder, Zertinet Movies
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