Chop Shop
Chop Shop (2008)

A street-smart orphan determined to make a better life for himself and his sixteen year-old sister spends his days working in an auto body repair shop in director Ramin Bahrani's gritty coming of age drama. Alejandro may be a young boy… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 27, 2008
DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Filled with excellent performances, Ramin Bahrani's deft sophomore effort is a heartfelt, hopeful neorealist look at the people who live in the gritty underbelly of New York City.

Noel Murray
AV Club

All these low-level criminal enterprises and idle dreams aren't happening in Mexico City or Kandahar; they're just outside Queens.

Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle

In this clear-eyed, quietly absorbing film, director Ramin Bahrani opens up a wedge of Third World America that operates, all but invisibly, in plain sight.

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Jason Anderson
Cinema Scope

Precisely and sensitively rendered...

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Andrew O'Hehir

It's a near-masterwork of low-budget precision and improvisation, constructed and rehearsed over many months in collaboration with the actors and the entire Willets Point community.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Bahrani celebrates those who never give up, no matter how badly their dreams are shattered.

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Annie Wagner
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Chop Shop is the best American indie so far this year.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

It's a sharp mixture of neorealist grit and lyricism.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

It's exciting watching Bahrani explore the possibilities of neo-realism to dramatize penury and disenfranchisement among the service-class in this country.

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Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

As much a well-rounded character study as it is an exposť on a certain segment of society on the fringes of American civilization.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
paul sandberg
Chop Shop has that gritty, indie feel to it... probably because it IS an indie film. Written and directed by Ramin Bahrani who seems to have a great eye for… More
Elvira B
<p>As I watched Chop Shop, I was under the impression it was an Italian neorealist film, only set in New York and in 2008. Rahmin Bahrani draws from… More
Cynthia S.
I liked it, but didn't love it. It doesn't even really feel like a movie; it's more like you are getting a glimpse into a child's poverty… More
Daniel Hetteix
Chop Shop, a neorealistic view into a modern urban lower-class, is a remarkably well put together film, with a plot that is about as serious and realistic as… More
Tim Sigur
This is a great slice of life film that I really enjoyed. Simple to the point where it might turn some people off of the film, I have always thought this style… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Chop Shop" starts with day laborers being hired by the side of the road in New York City but not the youngest one,… More

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