Splinter Reviews

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S. James Wegg
July 23, 2009

But the shot du jour (heard and seen daily in every corner of our deadly globe) comes from the bereft mother; her family’s vocational tradition skids to an awful conclusion.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
August 22, 2007

Sizemore's edgy, high-charged performance blasts through Splinter's aesthetic pretensions.

Ronnie Scheib
Top Critic
August 18, 2007

An explosive, nearly sociopathic perf by Tom Sizemore anchors tyro helmer Michael D. Olmos' Splinter

Michael Dequina
September 5, 2007

There's some promise in the central idea, but any audience investment it could have generated is done in by the performances either awkward or downright amateurish.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brandon Judell
New York Theatre Wire
August 22, 2007

As for Olmos, he has achieved more than most could have with an often cliched screenplay ("Homies are getting killed every day. It's sad." "Those are our f***en homeboys back there. Why don't you show a little respect?").

Lael Loewenstein
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
August 16, 2007

With its recycled themes and muddled storyline generating a cascade of unanswered questions, the film is more about style than substance.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
August 16, 2007

Cinematographer Bridger Nielson treats every shot as a work of art; you've never seen East L.A. look this gorgeous before. Unfortunately, the actors also seem to have been cast for appearances only.

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