El Cortez


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7

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  1. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    An ambitious, low-budget neo-noir, Stephen Purvis' El Cortez navigates the genre's tawdry twists and crosses and double-crosses with intermittent flair.
  2. 40
    Every "twist" is so telegraphed that there's little suspense here. Phillips' performance is an enjoyable change of pace, and the gratuitous sex scene with Middendorf is fairly hot, but the story's just an aggravating wait for the inevitable double-crosses. For it to be a true lowbrow pleasure, more sex would be needed.
  3. Perhaps in an effort to root the film in the genre, the dialogue reaches for a particular hard-boiled register but grasps only clich├ęs. El Cortez, like so many before it, searches for that nugget in the genre mine but just doesn't find it.

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