Illegal Tender Reviews

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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.
December 29, 2007
bland and forgettable.
December 17, 2007
Brainless bloodsport, Cholo-style.
December 12, 2007
An entertaining genre piece boasting a terrifically sinewy lead performance from Wanda De Jesus.
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.
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.
August 31, 2007
Unlike Black Snake Moan, Illegal Tender never transcends its cliches.
August 29, 2007
A mix of cinematic thrills and sagging melodrama.
August 27, 2007
What in God's name was going on with this movie?
August 25, 2007
Over-the-top melodrama that offers lots of freewheeling gunplay and action in desperate search of a believable story.
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.
August 25, 2007
For a film about growing up, Illegal Tender loses itself in a lot of silly juvenilia.
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.
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.
August 24, 2007
Pointless, gratuitously violent, and stupid, stupid, stupid.
August 24, 2007
The real mystery here is why this slapdash semi-effort didn't go straight to video.
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.
August 24, 2007
It wants to be Scarface but makes The Pacifier look plausible by comparison. (Do real bodyguards hold their guns sideways?)
August 24, 2007
A laughable low-budget mess about third-rate drug thugs, put together with the sheen and polish of a fourth-grade Christmas pageant. Except with really loud reggaeton.
August 24, 2007
There's supposed to be an underlying message here about the value of family and giving up the bad life for respectability, but writer-director Franc Reyes is really just using it as an excuse for a standard (at best) gangland shoot-'em-up.
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