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In the Heights (2021)

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Critic Consensus: Lights up for In the Heights, a joyous celebration of heritage and community fueled by dazzling direction and singalong songs.

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The creator of "Hamilton" and the director of "Crazy Rich Asians" invite you to the event of the summer, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big... "In the Heights." Lights up on Washington Heights... The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life. "In the Heights" fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda's kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu's lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience.

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After a decade of torturous singalongs, Jon M. Chu's dazzling adaptation breathes new life into a storied American tradition.

September 21, 2021 | Full Review…

The choreography (by Christopher Scott) is always terrific and there's that unstoppable energy which, given the film's running time, might eventually have you shouting: "Stop. Stop with the unstoppable energy! I'm over it!" But, you know, what the hell.

July 29, 2021 | Full Review…

Ramos instantly secures his future as a leading man, but every single member of the cast is giving it their all, infusing their vocals and movements with life.

July 29, 2021 | Full Review…

While the individual musical sequences range from the exciting to the charming, the film drags in spots. Despite that it's a must for musical lovers...

June 28, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

With its big-hearted, vibrant celebration of community, hope and heritage, In the Heights is a movie that's infused with life and verve.

June 25, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The musical numbers here tend to be over-edited and visually cluttered -- and there's clutter too in Miranda's lyrics, which are clever if you think it's clever to rhyme "falling hard" with "calling card" in a love duet.

June 24, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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