Cesar Chavez
Cesar Chavez (2014)

Directed by Diego Luna, Chávez chronicles the birth of a modern American movement led by famed civil rights leaderand labor organizer, Cesar Chavez. Torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to bringing dignity and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 22, 2014
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Too in awe of its subject's great works to present him as a human being, Cesar Chávez settles for trite hagiography.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

It should have been made 40 years ago, but this biopic about the Mexican-American leader who spearheaded the fight for farmworkers' rights couldn't be more timely.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Biopics about civil rights icons are usually staid affairs. Cesar Chavez, directed by Diego Luna, is no exception.

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Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar

Cesar Chavez is perhaps an abridged history lesson, but given the amount of material it needed to convey, it does a commendable and stirring job.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

Cesar Chavez makes for a fine history lesson, but as drama, it leaves something to be desired.

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Wesley Morris
Grantland

With Peńa, the question is this: Are the movies brave enough to give him the chance he deserves? He's a wonderful Cesar Chavez.

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

While Cesar Chavez was an important figure in the fight for farmworkers' rights, a film adaptation of his work simply doesn't make for a very compelling experience, especially when it doesn't deliver the emotional impact that it should.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Michael Peńa brings a centered, beckoning beauty to the title character that manages to speak to Chávez nonviolent approach without becoming hagiographic.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

An amateurish mess, with faltering direction and wooden acting.

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Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Truncated bio-pic doesn't dig deep

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Markus Robinson
After recently sitting through a stretch of shockingly below average movies depicting the Mexican/Mexican-American/Chicano struggle (Filly Brown, For Greater… More
Cameron Johnson
Yeah, don't mistake this guy for Ce[u]a[/u]sar, because that's the iconic figure in primate civil rights. Seriously though, Diego Luna is back to… More
Philip Price
When Diego Luna's second directorial effort opened quietly this past weekend I was quick to associate it with another recent biopic of an important… More