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San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
A daring, free-spirited and ultimately moving performance by Benjamin Bratt lies at the beating heart of Pinero.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Ichaso moves easily between a black-and-white past and a full-color present, maintaining a pace as buoyant and rhythmic as the beat of the...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Loren King
It wisely lets us hear Pinero's words for ourselves, and in the end, they echo louder than the images that accompany them.
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70

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
It is a career-defining performance that could catapult the 37-year-old actor beyond bland romantic leads and into the kinds of juicy...
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60

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Ichaso tells Piñero's story through a sometimes disorienting series of flashbacks and flash-forwards, fracturing the time frame to...
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58

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
Piñero never comes close to convincing us that this guy is worth a movie at all.
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50

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
A biopic that is as messy as the life it details.
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Kimberley Jones
Not a man, but the romanticizing of him. A lot of jive-shit.
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40

Film Threat

By Michael Dequina
Bratt's fast-talking, all-attitude interpretation is showboating without soul -- which can be said of the entire movie.
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30

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
There's a strong movie in this life, but writer-director Leon Ichaso ("Sugar Hill") hasn't found it.
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