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Piņero Reviews

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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
Variety
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.
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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
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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
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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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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
March 15, 2002
What makes the film so grueling and, eventually, tiresome is the relentlessness of the guy's self-destruction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 25, 2002
This character was an abusive swine. Perhaps it would be best to let his art stand on its own.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 25, 2002
It can be a bit confusing, but it's also rewarding.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 24, 2002
A well-intentioned, reverential but unenlightening portrait.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
January 24, 2002
Bratt ... explodes like a cherry bomb in the role.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 24, 2002
A biopic that is as messy as the life it details.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 6, 2002
An annoyingly hyper biopic.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 22, 2001
Worth seeing for Benjamin Bratt's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 14, 2001
You get the feeling Ichaso is trying to bluff us into becoming believers.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
December 13, 2001
A sustained piece of showboating mythmaking, and something of a snow job.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 13, 2001
Despite the quality of Bratt's performance, the movie is like its subject: provocative, impenetrable and tiresome.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 13, 2001
Vibrant and compelling.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 13, 2001
Has its moments ... but overall it doesn't do justice to Bratt's brave performance.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 13, 2001
Bratt resurrects the spirit of the playwright, poet and actor Miguel Piņero with the kind of thrilling brio that Dustin Hoffman brought to his screen portrayal of Lenny Bruce 27 years ago.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 11, 2001
Biopics about inebriated artists are always stranded by their own non-stories, and Piņero's short life was apparently little more than a series of dimebag mooches and public stumbles.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 6, 2001
Benjamin Bratt's harrowing and electric performance anchors Pinero in place as the wayward narrative jumps from one time period to the next.
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
September 7, 2001
Complex but often disengaging.