Piñero (2002)

Miguel Piñero 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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 31, 2002
DVD Release Date: July 16, 2002
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though Bratt is great in the title role, the biopic itself is messy and Piñero grows tiresome.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

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.

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Loren King
Chicago Tribune

A vivid rendering of the complexities of the artist's soul, and a notable attempt to convey the trajectory of a volatile creative life.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A dull, slow, and completely uninteresting biopic.

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Dennis Harvey

A scattershot stab at a fascinating life and times.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Bratt's performance is as steady and consistent as the film is frustrating.

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Eric D. Snider

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

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.

Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

The narrative jumps haphazardly from set-piece to set-piece.

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