• Released
  • October 6, 2006
  • Drama
    Suspense/Thriller
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Director Stephen Purvis and writer Chris Haddock never rise above the material's inherent pulpiness, but they keep the twists coming until...
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60

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
An ambitious, low-budget neo-noir, Stephen Purvis' El Cortez navigates the genre's tawdry twists and crosses and double-crosses with...
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40

Los Angeles Times

Perhaps in an effort to root the film in the genre, the dialogue reaches for a particular hard-boiled register but grasps only clichés. El...
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40

L.A. Weekly

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Every "twist" is so telegraphed that there's little suspense here. Phillips' performance is an enjoyable change of pace, and the gratuitous...
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Sharing its title with a historic Reno hotel that's seen better days (or maybe not), El Cortez is a clumsy lump of ponderous pulp fiction...
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30

The New York Times

By Anita Gates
The script, by Chris Haddock, leaves numerous questions unanswered. It also reflects the character depth and conversational complexity of a...
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25

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Lou Diamond Phillips is let down by an uninspired supporting cast, including Bruce Weitz as a crippled con artist and Tracy Middendorf as...
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