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  • Summary: Benjamin Bratt stars in the true story of the turbulent and creative life of Puerto Rican poet-playwright-actor Miguel Piñero. (Miramax Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. A daring, free-spirited and ultimately moving performance by Benjamin Bratt lies at the beating heart of Pinero.
  2. 75
    It wisely lets us hear Pinero's words for ourselves, and in the end, they echo louder than the images that accompany them.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Steven Mikulan
    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.
  5. 40
    Bratt's fast-talking, all-attitude interpretation is showboating without soul -- which can be said of the entire movie.
  6. 30
    There's a strong movie in this life, but writer-director Leon Ichaso ("Sugar Hill") hasn't found it.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    20
    Hectic, sketchy and finally dull.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3