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Illegal Tender Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Clearly aware of the impact of visual style on the narrative, Jonathan Ogilvie uses a stylised 1920 Australian setting for a love triangle that involves all the basic drivers of human frailty

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

September 13, 2008
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

This is a story that sizzles with its themes of corruption, infidelity, racism and power. But there's a vital flaw ...

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

September 13, 2008
David Cornelius
DVDTalk.com

There are so many chances for Illegal Tender to get things right that it's depressing to realize that it misses all of them.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 2/5

January 28, 2008
David Thomas
Filmcritic.com

bland and forgettable.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 29, 2007
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze

Brainless bloodsport, Cholo-style.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 1/4

December 17, 2007
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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An entertaining genre piece boasting a terrifically sinewy lead performance from Wanda De Jesus.

December 12, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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More care seems to have been taken with the cut of Gonzalez's sideburns than with the shape of the story, and the hyperbolic soundtrack does most of the work of the mise en scene.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 3, 2007
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com

You know the film is off to a paltry start when you see the rookie Rick Gonzalez attempt to strut bad-boy, awww-yeah stuff. Instead, he feels like a 21-year-old boy just going through puberty.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

September 20, 2007
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Unlike Black Snake Moan, Illegal Tender never transcends its cliches.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 31, 2007
Mark Holcomb
Time Out New York
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It's hard to shake the impression that this movie has the sort of penny-pinching authenticity Quentin Tarantino's been trying for his entire career.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

August 30, 2007
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

A mix of cinematic thrills and sagging melodrama.

Full Review Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: C+

August 29, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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What in God's name was going on with this movie?

August 27, 2007
Pete Hammond
Maxim

Over-the-top melodrama that offers lots of freewheeling gunplay and action in desperate search of a believable story.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

August 25, 2007
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

There's a supposed family values clause tossed into the violent mix that goes something like, the family that slays together, stays together. And with assassins closing in, mom needs her son to spend some quality time with her, mowing them all down.

Full Review Source: Long Island Press

August 25, 2007
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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For a film about growing up, Illegal Tender loses itself in a lot of silly juvenilia.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

August 25, 2007
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Produced by John Singleton for writer-director Franc. Reyes, this preposterous tale of crime-family values should be far more entertaining than it is.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

August 24, 2007
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Plenty of movies have combined a blazing-guns revenge story with a family dynamics drama, but Illegal Tender never gets the mixture right, lurching between bullet-happy shootouts and overwrought domestic content.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 24, 2007
Pam Grady
Reel.com

Pointless, gratuitously violent, and stupid, stupid, stupid.

| Original Score: 1/4

August 24, 2007
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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Illegal Tender isn't quite the mess you expect this time of year, a film that achieves a certain level of originality by reversing gender roles.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 24, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The real mystery here is why this slapdash semi-effort didn't go straight to video.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0/4

August 24, 2007
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