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Piñero

Piñero (2002)

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43

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 35

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

38

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 15

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

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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

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Art House & International, Drama

Leon Ichaso

Jul 16, 2002

$0.2M

Miramax Films

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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (35) | DVD (8)

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.

July 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A scattershot stab at a fascinating life and times.

July 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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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.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A vivid rendering of the complexities of the artist's soul, and a notable attempt to convey the trajectory of a volatile creative life.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Bratt's performance is as steady and consistent as the film is frustrating.

May 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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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.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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A dull, slow, and completely uninteresting biopic.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Who was Piñero, and more to the point, why should we care? Bratt brings him to life, but we come away appreciating his genius no more than we did before.

December 7, 2003 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

The narrative jumps haphazardly from set-piece to set-piece.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A movie of attitude that -- much like its main character -- consumes itself.

October 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

An artistic nightmare, marred by numerous stylistic leaps.

October 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The only reason a person hops back-and-forth in one scene, from scene to scene, using (a) color film, (b) black-and-white stock, and (c) digital video (then back to (b), then (c) again, then (a), then...) is merely to do it because they can.

September 17, 2002 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The film's cinematic technique is supposed to be vibrant and alive and reflect Pinero's variegated lifestyle, but it never gets to the soul of the man....

July 29, 2002
Movie Metropolis

This biopic seemed about as amorphous as a junkie high.

July 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This promises to be one of the better films of the year and Bratt's performance deserves at least a nomination...

June 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Supercala.com
Supercala.com

Benjamin Bratt, the pretty boy once seen on the arm of America's sweetheart Julia Roberts, plays Piñero with a passion. It's a star-making performance.

June 28, 2002
Cleveland Free Times

God is jealous of Benjamin Bratt, but He's coming around...Bratt's performance [here] is electrifying and charismatic.

April 18, 2002 Full Review
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It attempts to champion the phony theme that poor, vulnerable artists should be forgiven their failings because they are so much more important than the rest of us.

April 18, 2002 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Bratt's feline elegance, arrogance, and melancholy can't compensate for Ichaso's lack of restraint.

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Bratt ... takes a giant step forward in terms of credibility.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

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