Reviews: In the Heights (2021)

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  • [New] | Chris Barsanti @ Eyes Wide Open
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: takes off like a rocket which may make its soft landing inevitable. The story resolves neatly…but the cast and filmmakers have clearly given this their all and the musical’s big, vibrant beating heart is a testament to them all.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: It very much plays like an elaborate and expanded Broadway production, which maintains the narrative’s spirit while taking advantage of the big screen format to convey it on an even larger scale.
  • Richard Gray @ The Reel Bits
    • Excerpt: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s original hit comes to the big screen with all the dazzle the medium has to offer. It’s a genuinely joyous celebration of the Latinx diaspora in America.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical turns joyful exuberance up to eleven.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Pure joy. It is singing and dancing, life and love, food and family, heritage and community in all its complexity. Harnesses Golden Age Hollywood verve and style in breathtaking, enrapturing ways.
  • Nell Minow @ moviemom.com
    • Excerpt: “In the Heights,” based on what will always be known as the play Lin-Manuel Miranda did before “Hamilton,” has been gently streamlined and updated into a joyous post-pandemic welcome back into the world after a year postponement due to the coronavirus. It is touching, ebullient, timely and timeless with an irresistible cast of young performers filled with screen chemistry.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Add rousing music; a great, effusive atmosphere of cultural vitality; and stunning cinematography and it’s impossible not to get swept up by [its] joyous celebration of life.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: It’s time to bring out the champagne and enjoy this magnificent celebration of community and heritage.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
  • Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic
    • Excerpt: In the Heights is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Do the Right Thing. Where Spike Lee’s seminal rumination on racism is full of righteous anger and defiance, In the Heights has some of that same anger, but the sharp edges are mostly sanded down and smoothed out.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: The most exuberant movie musical ever!