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  • Summary: An aspiring comic book artist (Perez) of Dominican heritage is forced to take over his family's bodega in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan when his father is crippled by a gunshot from a robber.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
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  1. Washington Heights, under De Villa's guidance, bubbles. Once more, as in comparable films, it creates a foreign nexus in a domestic setting -- a group of people who live in two cultures.
  2. Made in a forthright, unfancy style and utilizing a cast of born naturals, Washington Heights deftly draws parallels between father and son's complicated relationship and the tensions that pulse through this predominantly Dominican American community.
  3. 80
    A powerful no-frills drama. It's a film that never flinches from its colorful, if sometimes cruel namesake neighborhood and the people who populate it.
  4. 63
    De Villa has created a truthful representation of a colorful community.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Not surprisingly, the film is strongest when its characters are simply hanging out, shooting the breeze and venting their feelings, while moments of high drama occasionally fall flat.
  6. 60
    Alfredo de Villa's Washington Heights feels stiff and overworked in places, and sometimes the acting is a bit awkward. And yet the story is both compelling and easy to identify with.
  7. 50
    Promising yet problematic.

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