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Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The film is always a little bit at a distance, almost involving, always good enough to make us root for it, but rarely better than average. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Enlivened by a strong cast, Cesar Chavez is a straightforward and inspiring account of a noble man. show more

  • 40
    New York Daily News

    Just as the migrant workers of California deserved better treatment from their bosses, the man who won the labor dispute deserves better treatment than this film. show more

  • 75
    Bill Zwecker Chicago Sun-Times

    It’s Pena’s quietly powerful interpretation of Cesar Chavez the man that makes this movie work so well. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Like "42," Cesar Chavez lacks the budget to feel truly epic in scope. The violence is scattered, shocking and personal, the struggles within the union muted but the outrage — is palpable. show more

  • 63
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    That rare biopic that’s shorter and swifter than it should be. This turns out to be both a blessing and a curse. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The performances are solid but I walked out of the theater thinking I might have been equally edified and entertained reading the man's Wikipedia entry. show more

  • 63
    Steve Macfarlane Slant Magazine

    Not unlike Michael Peña's prior supporting roles, Chavez is marked by an explosive anger kept under a cherubic, sweet-natured mask, providing the surprise lacking in the story's text. show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    It’s too busy with feel-good slogans like “Si Se Puede.” The slogan may be nice, but it’s meaningless. So is the movie. show more

  • 50
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    Plays more like an exercise in nostalgia than a dramatic re-creation of a triumphant fight for civil rights. show more

  • April 06, 2014 Michael
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    Saw Cesar Chavez this week. Very moving and powerful. Shout-outs to Michael Pena, America Ferrara, Rosario Dawson and a splendid cast. So well directed and shot. So many closeups of just the workers--reminded me of Diego Rivera's work, in some strange way. Go!

  • April 05, 2014 livefullytoo
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    Entertaining but not as factual as I would have liked. Chavez received a telegram from MLK in 1966 supporting his work spiritually/financially. The UFW had a close relationship with SCLC especially after MLK died, just 2 months before Bobby. A gross omission that potentially divides black/brown.

  • March 30, 2014 on00000000188447
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    The film offers insight and perspective into the decision making process and strategies of the UFW, as well as candid looks into the family structure, both that of the Chavez family and the owners.

  • March 30, 2014 bahamapapah
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    You can tell a good movie when no one gets up to leave until most of the credits have passed. Emotional not because of the politics of union, but because of the family dynamics and struggles not only of Chavez, but also one of the land owners.

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