El Cortez
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An autistic ex-con attempting to readjust to life on the outside finds that the past isn't so easy to escape as he becomes caught in the middle of a deadly triple-cross in director Stephen Purvis' labyrinthine thriller. For five long years Manny (Lou Diamond Phillips) has repaid his debt to society by serving time in a prison for the criminally insane. Now the day of his parole has finally arrived, and after returning to Reno Manny takes up residence at a local motel and soon finds employment as a clerk at the Hotel El Cortez. Upon striking up an amiable friendship with crippled… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A clumsy lump of ponderous pulp fiction with Cooler aspirations."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Somehow, El Cortez is stronger than its component parts."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Director Stephen Purvis and writer Chris Haddock never rise above the material's inherent pulpiness, but they keep the twists coming until the very end."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"El Cortez, like so many before it, searches for that nugget in the genre mine but just doesn't find it."
‑ Michael Ordoņa, Los Angeles Times
"Stick with Hitchcock."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Every 'twist' is so telegraphed that there's little suspense here."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, L.A. Weekly
"Lou Diamond Phillips's character in El Cortez is a Reno hotel desk clerk who suffers from black-and-white flashbacks."
‑ Anita Gates, New York Times
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