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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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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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...
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New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
De Villa has created a truthful representation of a colorful community.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated R | For language, sexuality, brief violence and drug use