Release Date : Feb 27, 2008 Wide Genre Movie :Art House & International,Drama
Mpaa Rating : Unrated
Actors :Alejandro Polanco,Isamar Gonzales,Rob Sowulski,Carlos Zapata,Ahmad Razvi,Evelisse Ortiz,Farooq Muhammad,Laura Patalano
A street-smart orphan determined to make a better life for himself and his sixteen year-old sister spends his days working in an auto body repair shop in director Ramin Bahrani's gritty coming of age drama. Alejandro may be a young boy on the verge of adolescence, but his tough persona and driving ambition give the impression of a man twice his age. As with many street kids Alejandro has been forced to mature before his time. Now, in a disheveled junkyard on the outer edge of Queens, New York, one boy will learn what it means to become a man as he sets out to build a brighter future for the only family he knows. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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New Review For Movie Chop ShopIt's a near-masterwork of low-budget precision and improvisation, constructed and rehearsed over many months in collaboration with the actors and the entire Willets Point community.
It's a sharp mixture of neorealist grit and lyricism.
Michael Phillips-Chicago Tribune
In this clear-eyed, quietly absorbing film, director Ramin Bahrani opens up a wedge of Third World America that operates, all but invisibly, in plain sight.
Steven Winn-San Francisco Chronicle
Bahrani celebrates those who never give up, no matter how badly their dreams are shattered.
Kevin Thomas-Los Angeles Times
It's exciting watching Bahrani explore the possibilities of neo-realism to dramatize penury and disenfranchisement among the service-class in this country.
Wesley Morris-Boston Globe
Bahrani blurs the line between New York reality and fiction so effectively that his scripted films feel vibrantly authentic, as if Bahrani had simply discovered his characters and allowed their lives to proceed with a minimum of directorial intrusion.
Jeff Shannon-Seattle Times
As much a well-rounded character study as it is an exposé on a certain segment of society on the fringes of American civilization.
Jeffrey Chen-ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A film brimming with humanity. Gritty, smart, attentive and truthful.
Dan Jardine-Apollo Guide
A film with an incredible sense of place, of space, of how they shape and guide and define us.
Rob Humanick-Projection Booth
Capturing grungy Queens blocks on the cusp of change as if it's the Third World, where entrepreneurial boys aggressively, and heartbreakingly, take on adult responsibilities.
Nora Lee Mandel-Film-Forward.com
All these low-level criminal enterprises and idle dreams aren't happening in Mexico City or Kandahar; they're just outside Queens.
Noel Murray-AV Club
What Chop Shop does well, is take us into America's hidden Third World for a bit of culture shock.
Dennis Schwartz-Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The raw power of this unassuming snapshot would make Vittorio De Sica proud.
Glenn Whipp-Los Angeles Daily News
Skillfully evading bleakness and sentimentality, Chop Shop is a terrifically assured piece of filmmaking.
Ramin Bahrani's patient, perfectly-scripted vérité drama doesn't have many plot points, but we're so absorbed in their world that each upset leaves us frustrated and furious.
Amy Nicholson-I.E. Weekly
Lean and gritty, the movie eschews false sentiment, but in Alejandro (Alejandro Polanco), a tough, resourceful 12-year-old who stares down reality and bounces back from his own miscalculations, the movie boasts an anti-hero who inspires hopes.
Michael Sragow-Baltimore Sun
Chop Shop has the feel of a foreign film, but what is most likely to horrify audiences is that it's set in America.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)-St. Paul Pioneer Press
Italian Neorealism makes an American comeback
Marty Mapes-Movie Habit
The ambiguous fates awaiting Alejandro and Isamar are resonant and unforgettable.
KJ Doughton-Film Threat
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Movie Overview For Chop ShopAlejandro, a tough and ambitious Latino street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, young Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his 16-year-old sister, Isamar.
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