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August 25, 2011
Loved this film and Green will ultimately be one of the best latino filmakers ever.
August 14, 2011
Gun Hiil Road, directed by R. Ernesto Green, is technically a very good film. The action is fine, with especially good perfomances by Harmony Santana and Esai Morales. The cinematography captures the colors of the Puerto Rican milieu, exceptionally well. The soundtrack is great, I want to buy it. Gun Hill Road has got action, tension, sensuality, and tells a sad and thought- provoking story.
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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. Full Review
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. Full Review
Earnest and well cast, but less involving than it should be. Full Review
Time Out New York
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. Full Review
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. Full Review