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  • Summary: After three years in prison, Enrique returns home to the Bronx to find the world he knew has changed. His wife, Angela, struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael, explores a sexual transformation well beyond Enrique's grasp and understanding. Unable to accept his child, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by protecting Michael. Still under the watchful eye of his parole officer, Enrique must become the father he needs to be or, once again, risk losing his family and freedom. Can a father’s fierce love for his family overcome his street-hardened ideas about manhood and end the vicious cycle controlling his life? (Motion Film Group)
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Aug 1, 2011
    83
    Santana was cast prior to making her gender transition and had never acted before. Her personal experience brings such legitimacy that she would probably succeed in the role even if she sucked at line reading. Fortunately, she doesn't.
  2. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Aug 11, 2011
    75
    Manages somehow to be gritty, delicate, in your face and nuanced at the same time. It's a beautiful, compelling, sometimes harrowing family drama, with excellent performances across the board.
  3. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Sep 15, 2011
    75
    This is the first movie to make me equate coming home from prison with coming home from war.
  4. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Aug 1, 2011
    50
    Green has chosen for his focus to fall on Enrique, in many ways the least interesting character in his story, rather than the son or even the mother who is surprisingly protective and understanding.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 4, 2011
    50
    A strangely bifurcated film, Gun Hill Road comes to life only when focused on Michael, and Ms. Santana (who was just beginning her own gender transition when she won the role) holds the screen like a pro.
  6. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Aug 2, 2011
    50
    Gun Hill Road is worth seeing for the acting. The great character actress Miriam Colon makes a brief but memorable appearance as the strong matriarch of the household, and Ms. Santana, a true transgendered teen who has never acted before, is especially wrenching.
  7. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    Aug 2, 2011
    40
    The melodrama is tiresome, overwrought and clichéd.

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  1. Aug 28, 2011
    8
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