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Miguel Pinero became a leading figure in New York's art scene during the 1970s as a poet, actor, and playwright whose vibrant, often pointed, work spoke directly to the lower classes and to disenfranchised minorities. As a founder of the influential Nuyorican Poets Cafe, his poetry soon became recognized as a forerunner to rap and hip-hop music. TV screenwriter turned director Leon Ichaso spins this impressionistic biographical look at this artist. Raised in an abusive family, Pinero (Benjamin Bratt) turns to streets for solace. Soon he is engaging in petty crime, drug dealing, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Overlapping the artist's biography and his work, writer-director Leon Ichaso pointedly reflects the chaos in his subject's shortish life, but he links the artist's frustrations and talent in the usual manner: as cause and effect."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"A vivid rendering of the complexities of the artist's soul, and a notable attempt to convey the trajectory of a volatile creative life."
‑ Loren King, Chicago Tribune
"A dull, slow, and completely uninteresting biopic."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A movie of attitude that -- much like its main character -- consumes itself."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"The film's cinematic technique is supposed to be vibrant and alive and reflect Pinero's variegated lifestyle, but it never gets to the soul of the man...."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A scattershot stab at a fascinating life and times."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Bratt's performance is as steady and consistent as the film is frustrating."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Who was Piñero, and more to the point, why should we care? Bratt brings him to life, but we come away appreciating his genius no more than we did before."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"An artistic nightmare, marred by numerous stylistic leaps."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"This biopic seemed about as amorphous as a junkie high."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Flashily but irritatingly shot, full of unmotivated switches from colour to b/w, sudden flashbacks, mannered slow mo and jump cuts, this is hardly a subtle evocation of its subject's life."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It's impressionistic and risks incoherence, but it works as a successful montage of the unruly life of a sensitive, talented, but conflicted man whose self-destructiveness it never tries to sugarcoat or deny."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"The narrative jumps haphazardly from set-piece to set-piece."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"The only reason a person hops back-and-forth in one scene, from scene to scene, using (a) color film, (b) black-and-white stock, and (c) digital video (then back to (b), then (c) again, then (a), then...) is merely to do it because they can."
‑ Greg Muskewitz, eFilmCritic.com
"This promises to be one of the better films of the year and Bratt's performance deserves at least a nomination..."
‑ Paul Salfen, Supercala.com
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