Chop Shop Synopsis
A young man works as an auto-body repairman to provide for his younger sister.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Beautifully observed, and beautifully acted by the novice thespian Polanco (culled from a New York City public school), Chop Shop is at once...
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100

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Bahrani's willingness to expose the shameful reality of third-world conditions in the Land of Plenty while telling a crackling good story...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Now we have an American film with the raw power of “City of God” or “Pixote,” a film that does something unexpected, and inspired, and...
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Ale's community is like a band of pirates - collegial, bickering, larcenous and supportive - and his life within it is both heartening and...
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Everything about Chop Shop is modest - the movie's scale, the characters' ambitions. Another director might have tried to nudge the film's...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Small but sure, the film is like Alejandro himself: quick on its feet, attuned to a harsh life’s hardships and possibilities.
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83

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
It's like a New York City equivalent of a Third World bazaar: It hums with nerviness and cunning. And this movie presents a tingling vision...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Iranian-American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani has followed up his well-received Man Push Cart with another penetrating portrait of life on the...
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Bahrani's unsentimental film is perhaps most interesting as a look at a colorful, little-known world that has recently been targeted for...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
As he did in his striking 2005 first feature film, "Man Push Cart," about a Pakistani street vendor in New York, perceptive indie filmmaker...
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Rated NR