Cesar Chavez
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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 justice to others, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle for the rights of farm workers. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual's ability to change the system. (c) Lionsgate/Pantalion
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

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"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."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"An amateurish mess, with faltering direction and wooden acting."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Truncated bio-pic doesn't dig deep"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"The film seems more intent on educating and inspiring than entertaining."
‑ Nathan Rabin, The Dissolve
"...should be shown to every McDonalds and WalMart employee immediately."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"Michael Peńa brings a centered, beckoning beauty to the title character that manages to speak to Chávez nonviolent approach without becoming hagiographic."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The man was a more interesting person than the poster-ready icon presented here."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Labor struggles and mass movements are the most difficult to pull off in this strictly status quo society, and the same could be said for movies re-enacting any of that suppressed US history. But this heroic and healing yet candid biopic does just that."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Michael Pena is solid in his portrayal of Cesar Chavez but it is not the star turner I had hoped for the versatile actor."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Cesar Chavez is the kind of movie we need more of, in that it grants greater representation to Hispanics, a drastically underserved demographic . But it's also the kind of movie we don't need any more of, in that it's not terribly good."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"Biopics about civil rights icons are usually staid affairs. Cesar Chavez, directed by Diego Luna, is no exception."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A solid and mostly successful attempt to introduce this important labor leader and civil rights activist to younger audiences, while reminding older folks of the impact Chavez had on this country."
‑ Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's a wonder that nobody has tackled the story of the civil-rights crusader on the big screen before, which makes this effort discouraging for its lack of depth or insight beyond the basics."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"This historical biography about the important 1960s labor organizer so actively skews away from Hollywood theatrics that it begins to feel downright quaint."
‑ Witney Seibold, Nerdist
"Lest you think "Cesar Chavez" is not scintillating movie material, Luna has put forth a very important portrayal of a man determined to make a better life for himself and the workers he represents."
‑ Jeanne Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
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