Woodpeckers (Carpinteros)
Woodpeckers (Carpinteros) (2017)

Love can spring up in the most unlikely places, and the new film Woodpeckers (Carpinteros) tells one such tale of illicit and slow-boil attraction. Dreadlocked and handsome Dominican-Haitian Julián (actor Jean Jean in a breakout role)… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 15, 2017
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andy Webster
New York Times

José María Cabral's arresting drama "Woodpeckers (Carpinteros)" could be called love in a pressure cooker, but that would be understating its vivid textures and palpable vitality.

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Jonathan Holland
Hollywood Reporter

Raw, intriguing and and energetic despite its flaws ...

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Fred Topel
We Live Entertainment

The notion that male and female inmates can have relationships is utterly fascinating. It just goes to show that no matter what constraints you put on them, people will find a way.

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Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
Village Voice

Moments are rousing - especially as Manaury starts to suspect their affair - but we're not given quite enough (particularly from the aloof Julián) for a memorable romance.

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Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

Men and women find a way to communicate without speaking in this prison movie which is probably an original for the genre.

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Vincent Mancini
FilmDrunk

A lot of the time you see movie that's... compelling if not quite a triumph. That's certainly true of Carpinteros, which is interesting enough, but mostly serves as a showcase for the talents of writer/director Jose Maria Cabral and principal cast.

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Dennis Harvey
Variety

While "Carpinteros" is strong enough in atmosphere and assembly, it's limited by characters who aren't developed with great complexity, and a climax that pours on a little too much credulity-stretching hyperbole.

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John Fink
The Film Stage

The film springs to life with immediacy and bursts of energy.

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Sarah Ward
Screen International

It provides an opportunity to balance involving visual storytelling with an immersive emotional arc.

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