Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17

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  1. Not a man, but the romanticizing of him. A lot of jive-shit.
  2. 40
    Bratt's fast-talking, all-attitude interpretation is showboating without soul -- which can be said of the entire movie.
  3. 40
    The main drawback is Claudio Chea's vertiginous camera work -- and the print's continual alternations between black-and-white and color add nothing but a distracting ornamentation.
  4. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    A biopic that is as messy as the life it details.
  5. 50
    What Ichaso does do is take us on a dizzying, constantly moving ride through an exciting decade in the blossoming of "Nuyorican" culture with its most flamboyant figure as our focus.
  6. Piñero never comes close to convincing us that this guy is worth a movie at all.
  7. 60
    Ichaso tells Piñero's story through a sometimes disorienting series of flashbacks and flash-forwards, fracturing the time frame to suit the film's internal rhythms, rather than any coherent time line.
  8. A well-intentioned, reverential but unenlightening portrait. It pays tribute to the artist. Yet it doesn't scrutinize him.

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