90

The New Republic

By Stanley Kauffmann
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.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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80

Film Threat

By Merle Bertrand
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.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
This well-paced film's realistic style and authentic locales are a perfect fit for the characters and their story.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
De Villa's debut film is persuasively written and acted, if a tad rougher around the edges than one might wish.
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70

Village Voice

By Edward Crouse
One-upping Latino immigrant movies like "Luminarias" and "Tortilla Soup," Washington Heights zeroes in on go-getters (mostly of Dominican lineage) whose ambitions are transformed by familial demands.
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63

New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
De Villa has created a truthful representation of a colorful community.
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63

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Buoyed by strong performances from Perez and Miami-resident Milian, Washington Heights overcomes the familiarity of its premise through its passion and conviction.
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60

TV Guide

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.
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58

Portland Oregonian

By Kim Morgan
The performances are uniformly fine, with Perez showing a heavy amount of presence and complexity. It's no wonder the film works best when fixed on his face.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.