Illegal Tender
Illegal Tender (2007)

A Latino teen with a bright future is forced to battle the sins of the past when the thugs who killed his father return to finish off the rest of the family. College student Wilson De Leon, Kr. (Rick Gonzalez) has an adoring girlfriend and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 24, 2007
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007
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Critic Score: 15% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lackluster acting and a ridiculous plot make the over-the-top Illegal Tender an unrealistic bust.

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

An entertaining genre piece boasting a terrifically sinewy lead performance from Wanda De Jesus.

Scott Tobias
AV Club

For a film about growing up, Illegal Tender loses itself in a lot of silly juvenilia.

Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Clearly aware of the impact of visual style on the narrative, Jonathan Ogilvie uses a stylised 1920 Australian setting for a love triangle that involves all the basic drivers of human frailty

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

More care seems to have been taken with the cut of Gonzalez's sideburns than with the shape of the story, and the hyperbolic soundtrack does most of the work of the mise en scene.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Plenty of movies have combined a blazing-guns revenge story with a family dynamics drama, but Illegal Tender never gets the mixture right, lurching between bullet-happy shootouts and overwrought domestic content.

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

This is a story that sizzles with its themes of corruption, infidelity, racism and power. But there's a vital flaw ...

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

What in God's name was going on with this movie?

Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger

Illegal Tender isn't quite the mess you expect this time of year, a film that achieves a certain level of originality by reversing gender roles.

David Cornelius

There are so many chances for Illegal Tender to get things right that it's depressing to realize that it misses all of them.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Roy Gutteridge
There are so many chances for Illegal Tender to get things right that it's depressing to realize that it misses all of them.
William Goss
A History of Violence by way of Bronx, with props to Wanda De Jesus.
Fascade Fiveoneeight
This movie was interesting...the time span...the past affecting the's all here. Shows the importance of communication between the last… More
Remi Logan
Surprisingly decent. I was gung-ho to see this film because I know so little about Afro-Latin culture, so to see it get its shine in American film was a treat
Deb S
Wilson Deleon Jr. (Rick Gonzalez) is the son of a slain drug dealer, whose killers still have every intention of wiping out the rest of the Deleon family 20… More
Chosen 718
Actually a good film, a little lacking in the acting area at times though.