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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

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

  • 63
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

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

  • 63
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    De Villa has created a truthful representation of a colorful community. show more

  • 80
    Merle Bertrand Film Threat

    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. show more

  • 60
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    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. show more

  • 58
    Kim Morgan Portland Oregonian

    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. show more

  • 90
    Stanley Kauffmann The New Republic

    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. show more

  • 80
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    This well-paced film's realistic style and authentic locales are a perfect fit for the characters and their story. show more

  • 70
    Edward Crouse Village Voice

    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. show more

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