Pinero (2002)




Critic Consensus: Though Bratt is great in the title role, the biopic itself is messy and Piñero grows tiresome.

Movie Info

Miguel Pinero became a leading figure in New York's art scene during the 1970s as a poet, actor, and playwright whose vibrant, often pointed, work spoke directly to the lower classes and to disenfranchised minorities. As a founder of the influential Nuyorican Poets Cafe, his poetry soon became recognized as a forerunner to rap and hip-hop music. TV screenwriter turned director Leon Ichaso spins this impressionistic biographical look at this artist. Raised in an abusive family, Pinero (Benjamin … More

Rating: R (for drug use, strong language and sexuality)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Leon Ichaso
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 16, 2002
Box Office: $0.2M
Miramax Films


as Miguel Pinero

as Miguel Algarin

as Sugar

as Tito Goya

as Reinaldo Povod

as Miguel's Mother

as Miguel's Father

as Joseph Papp

as Bodega Man

as Bodega Man

as Bodega Woman

as Shooting Gallery Man

as Shooting Gallery Wom...

as Doctor

as Miguel As Teen

as Miguel (as a teen)

as Nuyorican

as P.A. Woman

as Interviewer

as Port Authority Cop

as Public Theatre Cashi...

as Chauffeur

as Willie

as Tito Arrest Cop

as Heist Woman

as Auditorium Man

as Tito Arrest Cop

as Barrio Bar Woman

as Lennon Anchorman

as Auditorium Man 2

as Strange Shower Guy

as Woman with Baby

as Gang Member

as Acting Inmate

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Fur Woman #1

as Tito's Girlfriend

as Fur Woman No. 1

as Fur Woman No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Pinero

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (24)

Overlapping the artist's biography and his work, writer-director Leon Ichaso pointedly reflects the chaos in his subject's shortish life, but he links the artist's frustrations and talent in the usual manner: as cause and effect.

Full Review… | July 31, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A scattershot stab at a fascinating life and times.

Full Review… | July 31, 2007
Top Critic

Flashily but irritatingly shot, full of unmotivated switches from colour to b/w, sudden flashbacks, mannered slow mo and jump cuts, this is hardly a subtle evocation of its subject's life.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A vivid rendering of the complexities of the artist's soul, and a notable attempt to convey the trajectory of a volatile creative life.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Bratt's performance is as steady and consistent as the film is frustrating.

Full Review… | May 3, 2002
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

It's impressionistic and risks incoherence, but it works as a successful montage of the unruly life of a sensitive, talented, but conflicted man whose self-destructiveness it never tries to sugarcoat or deny.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Pinero

Benjamin Bratt is Amaizing in this Feature Film. I had the opportunity to work in this Movie and I was just blown away looking at him Performing.

Ricardo J Salazar

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