Cesar Chavez Synopsis
A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
In the title role, Michael Peña has a no-nonsense fire: He captures how Chavez borrowed from Martin Luther King Jr. but also fueled the...
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Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Like “42,” Cesar Chavez lacks the budget to feel truly epic in scope. The violence is scattered, shocking and personal, the struggles...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Zwecker
It’s Pena’s quietly powerful interpretation of Cesar Chavez the man that makes this movie work so well.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Enlivened by a strong cast, Cesar Chavez is a straightforward and inspiring account of a noble man.
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Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
That rare biopic that’s shorter and swifter than it should be. This turns out to be both a blessing and a curse.
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Slant Magazine

By Steve Macfarlane
Not unlike Michael Peña's prior supporting roles, Chavez is marked by an explosive anger kept under a cherubic, sweet-natured mask,...
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By James Berardinelli
The performances are solid but I walked out of the theater thinking I might have been equally edified and entertained reading the man's...
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The Playlist

By Jessica Kiang
It’s a competent, unobjectionable history lesson but Cesar Chavez’ legacy needs a more inspired and inspiring telling if it's to get the...
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By Peter Debruge
Neither Pena nor the pic itself delivers the necessary dynamism, strained by a modest budget and too few extras to sufficiently re-create a...
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Village Voice

By Inkoo Kang
The careless diminishment of every other character that isn't Chávez — including wife Helen, played by an utterly wasted America Ferrera in...
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Cesar Chavez story told correctly

By carolinayasukawa177
Cesar is my uncle. This movie is about his fight and his family. This movie was made to educate America on Cesar Chavez. Our family agrees that the cast did a stellar job. If you are looking at the...

Amazing story

By drjudi
This movie is a must see for anyone interested in labor, history of California, social justice, courage, or integrity. The performances were fabulous. It is good for anyone school aged or up. ...

Cesar Chavez

By lryanez
I hate to say, I was disappointed. The screenplay had superficial dialogue, I didn't learn anything new. Great actors but didn't have anything substantive to work with. I recommend it to a young...

Cezar Chavez

By martyat111
A wonderful, touching, human, inspiring, dramatic documentary. It is the story of a '60s civil rights movement in California. The visual and scenic similarities of events in Selma and Delano,...

Cesar Chavez

By mamathomasrowland
Was worried because of the critics' reviews, but I found it moving to theorist of tears. America Ferrara was amazing: she barely older than the actors who played her children, yet was completely...

Inspiriational and Moving

By dromsa
This is a wonderful movie that inspired and moved me to want to make a difference in my own community. Good, solid acting, and great cinematography. The film also included important historical...


By dgvenegas
How exciting is it that this movie was made! I felt such pride that we were given the opportunity to see in a small window the life of Cesar and his cause for justice. He was a brave man, and with...

Cesar Chavez

By betsyp223
Not only did I enjoy the movie, but I learned a lot about the man and his family. I was in high school and then college when he started his fight for the farm workers and knew only what I saw on the...

César Chávez is a true American heroe. Great film!

By pax amica
It opened today and I immediately went to see it! Excellent film! César Chávez has been one of my heroes since the 70’s. I’m so happy Chávez’s story and the story of the farm workers union is being...

Cesar Chavez

By geraldfogel
Critics blew this one, expecting Hollywood art or soap rather than real life. Inspiring story of an amazing American hero, who bucked the system and won. Well acted, well directed, and very moving....

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Rated PG-13 | For Language and Some Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Plodding labor leader biopic shows protests, beatings.?
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