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: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"Biopics about civil rights icons are usually staid affairs. Cesar Chavez, directed by Diego Luna, is no exception."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
‑ Zach Hollwedel, Under the Radar
"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 makes for a fine history lesson, but as drama, it leaves something to be desired."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"With Peńa, the question is this: Are the movies brave enough to give him the chance he deserves? He's a wonderful Cesar Chavez."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"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."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"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
"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
"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
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