Piñero Reviews

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April 29, 2009
A dull, slow, and completely uninteresting biopic.
July 31, 2007
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
A scattershot stab at a fascinating life and times.
February 9, 2006
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.
July 19, 2005
December 7, 2003
Who was Piero, 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.
March 10, 2003
The narrative jumps haphazardly from set-piece to set-piece.
October 10, 2002
A movie of attitude that -- much like its main character -- consumes itself.
October 2, 2002
An artistic nightmare, marred by numerous stylistic leaps.
September 17, 2002
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.
July 29, 2002
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 26, 2002
This biopic seemed about as amorphous as a junkie high.
July 20, 2002
A vivid rendering of the complexities of the artist's soul, and a notable attempt to convey the trajectory of a volatile creative life.
June 30, 2002
This promises to be one of the better films of the year and Bratt's performance deserves at least a nomination...
June 28, 2002
Benjamin Bratt, the pretty boy once seen on the arm of America's sweetheart Julia Roberts, plays Piero with a passion. It's a star-making performance.
May 3, 2002
Bratt's performance is as steady and consistent as the film is frustrating.
April 18, 2002
God is jealous of Benjamin Bratt, but He's coming around...Bratt's performance [here] is electrifying and charismatic.
April 18, 2002
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.
March 24, 2002
Bratt's feline elegance, arrogance, and melancholy can't compensate for Ichaso's lack of restraint.
March 22, 2002
Bratt ... takes a giant step forward in terms of credibility.
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