One-named Cuban-born director Agustin's unrewarding middlebrow drama flaunts its street cred dubiously.
Puts good intentions and appealing performances into the balance against cliches of dead-end neighborhoods and rebellious (but sensitive) youth.
| Original Score: 2/5
Casts a collection of illustrious no-names in a fatuous gangland epic of multicultural tensions between blacks and Puerto Ricans.
| Original Score: 1/4
I'm all for telling generic stories about young artists rising above their lot in life, but for goodness sake, at least shoot it right.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Cisneros is an appealing actor, but he and Falling Awake get buried under a welter of clichés.
Falling Awake isn't completely soporific, but it hardly inspires or enlightens.
Playing smarter and smoother than the plot, Cisneros uncorks an antimacho performance that deviates from type.
| Original Score: 3/5
...an affable (yet thoroughly uneven) piece of work...
| Original Score: 2.5/4