Raising Victor Vargas
Raising Victor Vargas (2003)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 28, 2003
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A coming-of-age tale marked by its authenticity.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

A marvel of closely observed, intimately captivating moments.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

In Raising Victor Vargas, everyone has feelings.

Nick Rogers

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.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

It is throughly involving, depicting the real and recognizable frustrations of teenagers and the grown-ups who have responsibility for them.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative

ultimately, it lacks the backbone, the thematic heft, to be anything beyond a sweet redemption story

John Anderson

Real, sweet and often really sweet.

James Berardinelli

A satisfying motion picture that wins its audience over because the characters are allowed to be themselves.

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Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Idrees Khan
Much like it's main character, it charms you until you love it.
Michael S
After watching this film for the second time, my opinion really hasn't changed; still REALLY overrated.
Thomas Johnston
Wonderfully acted coming of age story for a small family that learns living life has to be taught to the matriarch of the family first. Cute story told from a… More
Leigh Ryan
Cute and weird. But worth the watch.
paul sandberg
Perhaps because I came to this film with very high expectations (96 on the Tomato-meter) I ended up very disappointed, at times wondering, in spite of the very… More
Drew Smith
I'm sure this movie has been called "honest" or "authentic" like five million times, but it's an excellent descriptor for it. It… More