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Piņero Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A dull, slow, and completely uninteresting biopic.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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.
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Dennis Harvey
July 31, 2007
A scattershot stab at a fascinating life and times.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
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.
Eric D. Snider
December 7, 2003
Who was Piņero, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
The narrative jumps haphazardly from set-piece to set-piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
October 10, 2002
A movie of attitude that -- much like its main character -- consumes itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
October 2, 2002
An artistic nightmare, marred by numerous stylistic leaps.
| Original Score: 60/100
Greg Muskewitz
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
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....
| Original Score: 6/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 26, 2002
This biopic seemed about as amorphous as a junkie high.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Paul Salfen
June 30, 2002
This promises to be one of the better films of the year and Bratt's performance deserves at least a nomination...
Amy Bracken Sparks
Cleveland Free Times
June 28, 2002
Benjamin Bratt, the pretty boy once seen on the arm of America's sweetheart Julia Roberts, plays Piņero with a passion. It's a star-making performance.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 3, 2002
Bratt's performance is as steady and consistent as the film is frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Victoria Alexander
April 18, 2002
God is jealous of Benjamin Bratt, but He's coming around...Bratt's performance [here] is electrifying and charismatic.
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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Bratt's feline elegance, arrogance, and melancholy can't compensate for Ichaso's lack of restraint.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
March 22, 2002
Bratt ... takes a giant step forward in terms of credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
March 22, 2002
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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