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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. This well-paced film's realistic style and authentic locales are a perfect fit for the characters and their story.
  4. 63
    Buoyed by strong performances from Perez and Miami-resident Milian, Washington Heights overcomes the familiarity of its premise through its passion and conviction.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Believable characters trump the retread plot and hokey message.
  6. For all its untidiness, Washington Heights teems with life, and its star, Mr. Perez, has charisma to burn. The movie vividly depicts the interdependence and solidarity of people in working-class urban neighborhoods where residents really need one another.
  7. 50
    Promising yet problematic.

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