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Piņero Reviews

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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.
Read More | 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.
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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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 22, 2002
There's no denying that [Bratt's] riveting, live-wire performance as the title character here energizes an otherwise sketchy biography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kim Linekin
February 4, 2002
Benjamin Bratt gets to show off a lot in the title role, but to his credit he nails Piņero's Beat poetry and transmits startling savagery through his flashing eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 25, 2002
A daring, free-spirited and ultimately moving performance by Benjamin Bratt lies at the beating heart of Pinero.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 25, 2002
It can be a bit confusing, but it's also rewarding.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 25, 2002
Seems like it's scrawled in blank verse on the back of a greasy paper bag -- and that's a compliment.
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
January 25, 2002
For all the film's spectacle, its visual flash and approximation of street 'realism,' its most daring aspect is its willingness to represent Piņero as a vicious, frightened thug.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
January 24, 2002
Bratt ... explodes like a cherry bomb in the role.
Frank Ochieng
January 14, 2002
Overall, Ichaso's mosaic of a celebrated misfit has the potential moodiness to resonate as something engagingly reflective.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Blackwelder
December 24, 2001
Who'd have thought Benjamin Bratt could give such an impassioned, stormy, totally absorbing performance that he would leave you gaping in astonishment and admiration?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 22, 2001
Worth seeing for Benjamin Bratt's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 16, 2001
Director Leon Ichaso circles around the life and the work of Piņero with an intensity that matches the Puerto Rican-born artist's creativity.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
December 13, 2001
Offers a highly impressionistic portrait of this self-described 'junkie Christ,' played with riveting intensity by Benjamin Bratt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 13, 2001
Vibrant and compelling.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Andy Klein
New Times
December 13, 2001
A dizzying, constantly moving ride through an exciting decade in the blossoming of 'Nuyorican' culture with its most flamboyant figure as our focus.
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