Washington Heights
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Carlos (Manny Perez) is a talented artist who draws comics for a living. He's desperate to move out of his Washington Heights neighborhood. His girlfriend, Maggie (Andrea Navedo) feels more connected to the neighborhood. She's not so eager to leave. Carlos's best friend, Mickey (Danny Hoch), works as a super in the building his father owns, but he dreams of being a professional bowler. He's scheming to raise three grand to enter an open tournament in Las Vegas. Carlos's father, Eddie (accomplished Cuban-born actor Tomas Milian, who starred in Michelangelo Antonioni's… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A promising debut that makes us anticipate this Columbia University film grad's sophomore work."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"Deserves a wide audience hungry for sympathetic, three-dimensional people caught up in something bigger than themselves."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Considering the money this film cost to make, its short shooting schedule, and its unpandering ethnic content, it's a triumph."
‑ Brandon Judell, indieWIRE
"A solid effort by the talented de Villa in his directorial debut."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An affecting reworking of a traditional story, told with passion, sensitivity, and a little clumsiness."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Buoyed by strong performances from Perez and Miami-resident Milian, Washington Heights overcomes the familiarity of its premise through its passion and conviction."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Washington Heights may not always be great, but director Alfredo de Villa lights an undeniable fire in the movie's belly."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"may inspire some to get off at 191st street"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The performances are uniformly fine, with Perez showing a heavy amount of presence and complexity."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
"The genuine affection Washington Heights displays for the Manhattan neighborhood of the same name can't make up for its lack of originality."
‑ Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Washington Heights is sloppy and often undernourished, but it convincingly creates a neighborhood throbbing with activity and caring."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A fine and absorbing film."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"De Villa has a light touch that instills the film with a certain charm that saves the day"
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"The film has an urgency and assured street-level realism that is rare for any film, let alone one by a first-time director."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"The performances are good... but they're just 2-dimensional people living in a 3-dimensional world."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
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