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Based on 19 Reviews
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  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    A low-budget wonder: rough and gritty around the edges, filmed for what looks like a budget of $1.98, but bristling with energy, passion and intimacy. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Toward the finish, the movie takes a regrettable curve into melodrama, but the excellent performances never waver. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Manito sees an everyday tragedy with sadness and tenderness, and doesn't force it into the shape of a plot. show more

  • 88
    Patrick Z. McGavin Chicago Tribune

    The film recalls Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets" and the minimalism of films such as Lars Von Trier's "The Idiots." Eason and cinematographer Didier Gertsch keep the cameras tight on the actors' bodies and faces, creating palpable unease. show more

  • 75
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    A leisurely, scene-setting start, peppered with authentic banter and winning localized humor, fleshes out the characters in Manito so well you feel as if you live alongside them. show more

  • 75
    Janice Page Boston Globe

    Because Manito is really just an opera without the violins or Viking hats, you probably don't need to have everything spelled out. Its Spanish-English script is secondary to the universal language and timeless drama of family, community, dreams made and dreams dashed. show more

  • 75

    Until the point that changes everything, Manito is more a portrait of a neighborhood and its various characters--and this is the even more impressive part of the film. Once the disasters start to domino, the story becomes a bit familiar, a bit manipulative. show more

  • 60
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Eason balances the clichés of a fairly standard story with convincing realism and a powerful momentum that never flags. show more

  • 60
    Merle Bertrand Film Threat

    With Manito's raw portrayal of its characters and stripped-down cinematography, the undercurrent of impending tragedy is palpable. show more

  • 50
    Kimberley Jones Austin Chronicle

    If you shy away from that sick feeling in the pit of the stomach that comes when watching good people make bad decisions, then best to steer clear of Manito, a low-budget indie that reaches near-Greek proportions of tragedy brought on by lousy decision-making. show more

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