In the Heights

critic Reviews

, 96% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Lights up for In the Heights, a joyous celebration of heritage and community fueled by dazzling direction and singalong songs.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    They don't make 'em like this any more, truly. For just a second, even those among you who won't be seeing this anyway might wish they did.
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    Angie HanFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    From top to bottom, I had such a good time with this.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's all very much in the shape of that era of [the musical] Rent that has been upon us for about 20 years now.
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    K. Austin CollinsRolling Stone
    Its highest accomplishment is that it succeeds as the star vehicle Hollywood seemed to demand: Ramos, Grace, Barrera, Merediz, Diaz -- the world will be hungry for more of them. And soon.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    John AndersonAmerica Magazine
    Why are the visuals so relentlessly static, and boring? Why doesn't the movie soar away from the stage, doing what film versions of stage shows are supposed to do - broaden, rather than strangle, the virtues of the material?
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    Jocelyn NoveckAssociated Press
    All characters are beautifully cast, but a standout is Hawkins, who has the soulful voice of a young Christopher Jackson (the original Benny, who has a cameo here) and charisma that burns through the screen.
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    Pamela PowellDaily Journal (Kankakee, IL)
    "In the Heights" has everyone already humming and with good reason. It's bold, vibrant and intoxicating as it sings its universal song.
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    Andy KleinFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's got so much energy and the lyrics are incredibly clever and complex.
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    Jeff YorkThe Establishing Shot
    The film can stand with the best of Hollywood's Broadway musical adaptations, as well as sing and dance with them.
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    Natasha AlvarCultured Vultures
    In the Heights is everything a movie musical should be - a gorgeous spectacle with likeable leads and memorable characters - a tasty coquito in this summer heat.
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