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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

A feature version of the Broadway musical, in which a bodega owner has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother's fortune.

Cast

  • Anthony Ramos
  • Melissa Barrera
  • Leslie Grace
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Corey Hawkins
  • Olga Merediz
  • Jimmy Smits
  • Gregory Diaz IV
  • Daphne Rubin-Vega
  • Stephanie Beatriz
  • Dascha Polanco

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Verified Review
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It was a well directed movie with a great cast. I went into it unfamiliar with the music or the premise. I find Lin-Manuel Miranda's music to be somewhat one-note and one dimensional. In the Heights sounds like Hamilton sounds like Moana. And I feel like this musical isn't going to age well, much like Rent. It is one of those musicals that is more interested in being "woke" than the actual story. But, in spite of it, it was a good movie.

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Raymond M
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As much a tribute to 'old school' big musicals as to the Washington Heights neighborhood and a success at both. (Somewhere Busby Berkeley and Esther Williams are smiling about the swimming pool sequence.)

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Gregg W

Metacritic

90
May 21, 2021

This is a stirring valentine to a neighborhood and its people that, as the film tells it, stared gentrification in the eye and stood their ground, staying true to their cultural identity.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
80
May 21, 2021

In The Heights’ boisterous tone — its uplifting mix of defiance and perseverance — deftly communicates the sense of scraping by but dreaming of more, facing discrimination but refusing to be silenced.

Tim Grierson
Screen Daily
70
May 21, 2021

This movie succeeds at the hardest task a movie musical needs to pull off: the musical numbers, with few exceptions, soar in the way an in-story song has to soar to convince us that, given this situation and these characters, “randomly bursting into song” is a perfectly sensible thing to do.

Metacritic review by Dana Stevens
Dana Stevens
Slate