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: March 28, 2014
DVD Release Date: July 22, 2014
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Critic Score: 39% 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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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

Basically, if you need a history lesson, 'Cesar Chavez' is not a bad way to go. We need histories of heroes. However, you can find more history on Wikipedia.

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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

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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John Fink
The Film Stage

For better or worse, the film is a call to action, but I want to know more.

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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.

Godfrey Cheshire

It's reverential rather than revealing, predictably admiring where it needs to be nuanced and challenging.

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 60% 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