Manito (2003)

One family's triumph soon turns to tragedy in a hard-hitting drama from debuting writer and director Eric Eason. Manny (Leo Minaya) is a bright 18-year-old who is soon to graduate from high school in the Washington Heights district of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 13, 2003
DVD Release Date: January 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An intimate and moving picture that captures the life of one of Manhattan's neighborhoods.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

The film shows a capsule of American urban life where few outside the community venture in. Eason hands out an invitation to do so. Accept it willingly.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

A remarkably assured feature debut, Eric Eason's raw, intimate movie deftly captures the kinetic energy of its Washington Heights setting.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

First-time director Eric Eason's assured debut feature is a gritty urban drama shot on a shaky handheld DV camera for $25,000.

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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger

Ragged but intense, this compassionate little movie is stocked with enough skillful touches and sensitive moments to stir interest in Eason's future work.

Janice Page
Boston Globe

What Manito delivers that its cable TV cousins rarely seem interested in exploring are the tiniest details of the real urban 'hood where its stories take place.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

The digital camera itself becomes a major character because it gives any director with unique connections access to previously unfilmable subjects

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

A low-budget wonder.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Where do the actors come from, who can walk into their first picture and act with such effortless effect?

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Alex Kranz
Premiere Magazine

The movie barrels painfully through increasing misfortunes ... leaving filmgoers to walk out with the rawest of reactions.

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