El Chicano Reviews

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September 28, 2019
It does have some riveting moments and some very strong acting.
May 14, 2019
Ben Hernandez Bray's "El Chicano" seldom amounts to anything more than a crude prototype for the kind of Latinx-driven superhero movies that Marvel and DC should already be making by now.
May 13, 2019
The first all-Latino superhero movie is unfortunately an uninspiring B movie.
May 9, 2019
[Director Ben Hernandez] Bray wants the film to be another straightforward superhero empowerment narrative. But he keeps stumbling onto complicated questions he doesn't want to acknowledge or resolve.
May 9, 2019
When your lead actor doesn't seem to be having any fun in an action movie, there's not much left for audiences to cling to. Genre fans will need to look elsewhere for their gunslinger fix.
May 7, 2019
Frenzied, ferocious avenger drama, filled with graphic violence
May 7, 2019
El Chicano isn't that great of a movie, but it's ambitious and I am glad that it exists because it means we're walking toward more movies that star members of the Latinx community.
May 7, 2019
This is a nasty, brutal little movie, more in the vein of a grindhouse revenge flick than anything else. But it's effectively done...
May 5, 2019
...the humorless and dark tendencies feel utterly labored. Dripping in brutish violence as a police procedural, El Chicano is a sunken saga riddled in strained grade-B crime drama cliches.
May 4, 2019
That the abrupt gear-shift from Dick Wolf-style cop drama to Marvel Netflix-style superhero bloodbath in Act 3 works at all is a feat in itself.
May 4, 2019
This is pure old school action, and if you miss the old Stallone flicks like COBRA or Bronson movies like DEATH WISH, you're likely to groove on this.
May 3, 2019
I hope we get more of this character soon because I definitely want to see more.
May 3, 2019
If you're hoping El Chicano might do for the Latino community what Black Panther did for African-American(s) last year by making a positive cultural impact and celebrating representation at the highest levels of Hollywood - don't hold your breath.
May 3, 2019
While an all-Latinx crime drama is an all-too-rare occurrence, the film's attempt to create a cool new hero feels sadly flat.
May 3, 2019
[El Chicano] functions most effectively when it explores the dangers of moral ambiguity.
May 3, 2019
Like in this year's remake of Miss Bala, the Mexicans in this movie are the bad guys, the drug-running cartel members ruining it for the rest of us in the United States.
May 3, 2019
The problem here isn't the fairly apparent budgetary limits - it's the limitations of style and imagination.
May 2, 2019
It's dull and banal, coasting on familiarity from beginning to end. Here, the clichés don't celebrate a reunion. They're at war.
May 2, 2019
"El Chicano" stands as a solidly acted and technically accomplished spectacle, the latter likely the result of Hernandez Bray's time delivering stunt magic behind the scenes as a stunt coordinator.
May 2, 2019
Throughout, the film peddles notions of self-realization and self-actualization that feel nothing short of moth-eaten.
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