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  • 38
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Having written, co- directed and played the lead in this awkward, ego-driven memoir, Hayata has turned a genuinely compelling life story into an embarrassing vanity production. show more

  • 30
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Having tackled treacherous terrain to film Hayata's story, the filmmakers miss the opportunity to deliver a scorching testament to the dangers and passions that drive the saga. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The acting is weak, largely because many of the performers seem uncomfortable speaking English. The last half-hour works up a fair amount of action and suspense, though. show more

  • 50
    Marta Barber Miami Herald

    May not be a work of fiction but, despite its many minutes of real footage, it is far from being a documentary. Lack of truth in advertising notwithstanding, the story of this Colombian cowboy deserved to be told. show more

  • NA
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Thanks to the amateurish, spectacularly talent-free quality of its cinematography, direction, writing and acting, Emerald Cowboy is simply impossible to sit through. show more

  • 20
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The real-life Hayata plays himself with little conviction, while the rest of the Spanish-speaking cast give the impression that they don't have the slightest idea what their English-language dialogue means. show more

  • 40
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    Rich in authentic locales but is unevenly directed by Andrew Molina and is hazy in its chronology. Hayata's story in all its myriad implications might well have been better told in documentary form. show more

  • 20
    Village Voice

    The filmmakers may have aimed for doc-like authenticity, but the result is more like a QVC fabulous fake. show more

  • 20
    Dave Kehr The New York Times

    Though Mr. Hayata seems convinced that he is a colorful, romantic figure, the movie itself is crushingly mundane and unlikely to attract any audience beyond close relatives. show more

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