Piñero Reviews

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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.
April 18, 2002
God is jealous of Benjamin Bratt, but He's coming around...Bratt's performance [here] is electrifying and charismatic.
March 22, 2002
Bratt ... takes a giant step forward in terms of credibility.
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.
March 22, 2002
There's no denying that [Bratt's] riveting, live-wire performance as the title character here energizes an otherwise sketchy biography.
February 4, 2002
Benjamin Bratt gets to show off a lot in the title role, but to his credit he nails Piero's Beat poetry and transmits startling savagery through his flashing eyes.
January 25, 2002
A daring, free-spirited and ultimately moving performance by Benjamin Bratt lies at the beating heart of Pinero.
January 25, 2002
It can be a bit confusing, but it's also rewarding.
January 25, 2002
Seems like it's scrawled in blank verse on the back of a greasy paper bag -- and that's a compliment.
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 Piero as a vicious, frightened thug.
January 24, 2002
Bratt ... explodes like a cherry bomb in the role.
January 14, 2002
Overall, Ichaso's mosaic of a celebrated misfit has the potential moodiness to resonate as something engagingly reflective.
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?
December 22, 2001
Worth seeing for Benjamin Bratt's performance.
December 16, 2001
Director Leon Ichaso circles around the life and the work of Piero with an intensity that matches the Puerto Rican-born artist's creativity.
December 13, 2001
Offers a highly impressionistic portrait of this self-described 'junkie Christ,' played with riveting intensity by Benjamin Bratt.
December 13, 2001
Vibrant and compelling.
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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