Illegal Tender Reviews

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November 17, 2011
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.
August 31, 2007
Unlike Black Snake Moan, Illegal Tender never transcends its cliches.
August 27, 2007
What in God's name was going on with this movie?
August 25, 2007
For a film about growing up, Illegal Tender loses itself in a lot of silly juvenilia.
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
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.
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
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.
August 24, 2007
A cohesive story is an afterthought in yet another gangster movie that pretends to denounce violence and materialism while so obviously reveling in it.
August 24, 2007
Potentially compelling questions of ethnicity, privilege and societal inequities lurk in the background, but instead of addressing them, the film flounders in melodrama.
August 24, 2007
Illegal Tender has the potential to be a better film than it is.
August 24, 2007
It's helpful if you walk in with the expectation that it is a genre picture -- not a parody, not camp, but a loving homage to gangster movies of the 1980s like Scarface.
August 24, 2007
A solid meat-and-potatoes B-movie with enough personality to spin it in unexpected directions.
August 24, 2007
Grace is not the film's strong suit. But trashy -- albeit sporadic -- fun is.
August 23, 2007
It is fun to see Wanda de Jesus get all Pam Grier and shoot off two big guns at once after making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for her son. But the big dumb story and the big dumb dialogue keep getting in the way.
August 23, 2007
A throwback to 1970s blaxploitation flicks, with a Latin accent, Illegal Tender would be a brassy, sassy guilty pleasure if it were more, well, pleasurable.
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