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  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Beautifully observed, and beautifully acted by the novice thespian Polanco (culled from a New York City public school), Chop Shop is at once a heartbreaker and a story of hope and the American Dream. show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Ale's community is like a band of pirates - collegial, bickering, larcenous and supportive - and his life within it is both heartening and heartbreaking. show more

  • 80
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Iranian-American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani has followed up his well-received Man Push Cart with another penetrating portrait of life on the outskirts of New York. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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 brave. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Bahrani's willingness to expose the shameful reality of third-world conditions in the Land of Plenty while telling a crackling good story marks him as a filmmaker as important as he is accessible. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

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

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Everything about Chop Shop is modest - the movie's scale, the characters' ambitions. Another director might have tried to nudge the film's grim detours toward tragedy. And that might have worked, too. But Bahrani is a refreshingly deceptive director in that sense. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Bahrani's unsentimental film is perhaps most interesting as a look at a colorful, little-known world that has recently been targeted for urban renewal. show more

  • 83
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    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 of a working neighborhood after hours. Night falls in Chop Shop like a comfort, a cloak or a shroud. show more

  • 67
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    As he did in his striking 2005 first feature film, "Man Push Cart," about a Pakistani street vendor in New York, perceptive indie filmmaker Ramin Bahrani looks at what others overlook and finds drama in everyday details. show more

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