83

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Santana was cast prior to making her gender transition and had never acted before. Her personal experience brings such legitimacy that she would probably succeed in the role even if she sucked at line reading. Fortunately, she doesn't.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is the first movie to make me equate coming home from prison with coming home from war.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Manages somehow to be gritty, delicate, in your face and nuanced at the same time. It's a beautiful, compelling, sometimes harrowing family drama, with excellent performances across the board.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Without pushing too heavily, Green makes the parallels between Enrique and Michael's situations genuine.
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50

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
Of the film's three principals, it's only teenage Michael--more than ably embodied by screen newcomer Harmony Santana--that writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green seems to have much of a feel for.
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50

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
Gun Hill Road is worth seeing for the acting. The great character actress Miriam Colon makes a brief but memorable appearance as the strong matriarch of the household, and Ms. Santana, a true transgendered teen who has never acted before, is especially wrenching.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Green has chosen for his focus to fall on Enrique, in many ways the least interesting character in his story, rather than the son or even the mother who is surprisingly protective and understanding.
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50

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Tenderness and good intentions don't necessarily add up to a movie.
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40

Boxoffice Magazine

By Pam Grady
The melodrama is tiresome, overwrought and clich├ęd.
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40

Time Out New York

By Eric Hynes
Yet even with the rich, inherently cinematic texture of the urban setting and two excellent native outer-borough actors in Morales and Reyes, Gun Hill Road falters thanks to its paint-by-numbers storytelling.
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55 out of 100
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