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  • Summary: Where God Left His Shoes is the story of Frank, Angela, and their two children. When they are evicted from their New York City apartment, they have no choice but to move into a homeless shelter. After a few difficult months, a glimmer of hope arrives on Christmas Eve: a nearby housing project has an apartment available immediately. The catch is that Frank needs a job in order to qualify. While the rest of the city prepares for Christmas, Frank and his ten-year-old stepson, Justin, roam the cold streets of the city trying to find a job by day's end so that they have a home on Christmas morning. (IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Writer-director Salvatore Stabile has a good eye for the details of hard-luck ordinariness, and he sketches believable family bonds with a minimum of flourish.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    70
    Piles the pathos high as if to see how many hard-luck cliches its pugilist hero can fend off without succumbing to schmaltz. Given John Leguizamo's knockout perf, sentimentality never dares raise its head, and the improbably stacked deck from which his character is dealt gives the pic's would-be "neo-realist" premise a peculiar edge.
  3. The acting, the on-the-fly atmosphere (the film was shot quickly), and Leguizamo's increasingly urgent hustle are deeply evocative, but parts of the movie are almost too painful to endure.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    60
    Leguizamo, working at a scramble, gets more on-screen traction than in recent memory.
  5. Although Mr. Leguizamo wisely underplays a role that is just short of saintly, the character is still a filmmaker's bogus, bleeding-heart contrivance in a movie that is much less truthful than it pretends to be.
  6. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    50
    Stabile keeps his affecting story hurtling forward with such grit and integrity it's easy to forgive its loaded setup and occasional lapses in detail and logic.
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