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8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 1 out of 25
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  1. IrwinR.
    Jul 6, 2003
    9
    Starts slow and builds to a very powerful, affecting conclusion. Heavy stuff. Quite depressing. But excellent direction of amatuer cast who seem like trained professionals.
  2. AlexanderT.
    Aug 3, 2003
    9
    WOW--wasn't prepared for such a well conceived, well cast and well executed, and truly ambitious movie. Reminded me less of "mean streets" and more of the gritty dogme films like Dancer in the Dark and Celebration, etc. It certainly ain't for everyone. But--then truly interesting films usually divide audiences. This is uncomercial moviemaking at its most heartfelt.
  3. BillB.
    Mar 1, 2007
    9
    Fantastic first film. Totally distinct. A great director has landed. Dying to see his next film!
  4. MaryE.
    Jul 18, 2003
    9
    Mean streets meets rasing victor vargas...A very sad film that made me cry during the graduation party.
  5. PaulB.
    Jul 23, 2003
    9
    A very dynamic and original dv film in the traditon of "The Idiots" and "Dancer in the Dark"....The influence of Von Trier is blatently apparent. In a good sense. I recommend it to those open to altenative cinema and affionados of the Dogme 95 movement.
  6. MarthaR.
    Jul 26, 2003
    9
    A classical story told in a highly unique visual style. Imagine a Greek tragedy set in Spanglish. The lingo of the street. An amazing work of art that will stand the test of time. Thoroughly unsentimental yet thoroughly EMOTIONALLY potent and deeply moving film. If you don't cry watching this film, you haven't a soul.
  7. ReneP.
    Jul 27, 2003
    9
    "Latin in Manhanhattan" a tiny movie that packs a mighty punch that will leave you emotionally knocked out. Great use of alternating Spanish-English dialogue--totally the way it is in the raw.
  8. AmyN.
    Aug 22, 2003
    9
    A startling good first film. Remarkable use of real locations embue the tale with the full flavor of a Manhattan neighborhood rarely depicted in film.
  9. GeraldineR.
    Jun 15, 2003
    10
    Left me wanting more!
  10. JanetB.
    Jun 19, 2003
    9
    Heartbreaking story! Loved it.
  11. MIkeB.
    Jun 28, 2003
    9
    Possibly the best indie film that i've seen in the last few years. Very moving.
  12. SatieP.
    Jul 19, 2003
    9
    I liked this movie as much as any film i've seen over the last year. It has a tremendous soul. Its so honest and revealing of the community it depicts. The actors are magnificent. Manny is so adorable! Cuter than Leonardo DiCaprio is his tiny bopper days!
  13. WalterS.
    Jul 24, 2003
    9
    Simultaneously the worst looking film and the best "feeling" film of the year. Strange, but the poor images help color the Puerto Rican Barrio. Help you believe that the story is the real deal. I wouldn't want all movies to look like this but for this subject matter it worked just fine. The acting is stellar as is the editing and the decisions to withhold violence until the very endSimultaneously the worst looking film and the best "feeling" film of the year. Strange, but the poor images help color the Puerto Rican Barrio. Help you believe that the story is the real deal. I wouldn't want all movies to look like this but for this subject matter it worked just fine. The acting is stellar as is the editing and the decisions to withhold violence until the very end of the film. Give it a 9 overall. Expand
  14. BillQ.
    Aug 19, 2003
    9
    affecting portrait of the struggles of a minority family to for a better future while escaping the past. Really moving and really real.
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Eason balances the clichés of a fairly standard story with convincing realism and a powerful momentum that never flags.
  2. 75
    A leisurely, scene-setting start, peppered with authentic banter and winning localized humor, fleshes out the characters in Manito so well you feel as if you live alongside them.
  3. 80
    Eason's twist of fate and too-sudden ending seems as rooted in Washington Heights as the music that pours from the neighborhood's car windows, the smoke that billows from its late-night eateries, and the stoic resignation inscribed on its inhabitants' faces.