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Based on 17 Reviews
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  • 30
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

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

  • 100
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    A daring, free-spirited and ultimately moving performance by Benjamin Bratt lies at the beating heart of Pinero. show more

  • 75
    Loren King Chicago Tribune

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

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    A biopic that is as messy as the life it details. show more

  • 60
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Ichaso tells Piñero's story through a sometimes disorienting series of flashbacks and flash-forwards, fracturing the time frame to suit the film's internal rhythms, rather than any coherent time line. show more

  • 40
    Michael Dequina Film Threat

    Bratt's fast-talking, all-attitude interpretation is showboating without soul -- which can be said of the entire movie. show more

  • 40
    Kimberley Jones Austin Chronicle

    Not a man, but the romanticizing of him. A lot of jive-shit. show more

  • 58
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Piñero never comes close to convincing us that this guy is worth a movie at all. show more

  • 80
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    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 infectious Latin music that accompanies the film. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    It is a career-defining performance that could catapult the 37-year-old actor beyond bland romantic leads and into the kinds of juicy anti-heroic parts once gobbled up by Mr. Hoffman and Robert De Niro. show more

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