Illegal Tender Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 13, 2008
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
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 13, 2008
This is a story that sizzles with its themes of corruption, infidelity, racism and power. But there's a vital flaw ...
David Cornelius
DVDTalk.com
January 28, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/5
David Thomas
Filmcritic.com
December 29, 2007
bland and forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
December 17, 2007
Brainless bloodsport, Cholo-style.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 12, 2007
An entertaining genre piece boasting a terrifically sinewy lead performance from Wanda De Jesus.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 3, 2007
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.
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com
September 20, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
August 31, 2007
Unlike Black Snake Moan, Illegal Tender never transcends its cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
August 29, 2007
A mix of cinematic thrills and sagging melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 27, 2007
What in God's name was going on with this movie?
Pete Hammond
Maxim
August 25, 2007
Over-the-top melodrama that offers lots of freewheeling gunplay and action in desperate search of a believable story.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
August 25, 2007
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.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 25, 2007
For a film about growing up, Illegal Tender loses itself in a lot of silly juvenilia.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 24, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 24, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Pam Grady
Reel.com
August 24, 2007
Pointless, gratuitously violent, and stupid, stupid, stupid.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 24, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 24, 2007
The real mystery here is why this slapdash semi-effort didn't go straight to video.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 24, 2007
While Illegal Tender has misguided pretensions towards Serious Filmmaking, it's surprisingly likeable if you see it instead as a cheesy thriller good for a lazy Friday night.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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