Pinero

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Released 2002

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Director:
Leon Ichaso
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Pinero is a 2001 biographical film about the notable American writer Miguel Pinero. Raised by abusive parents in a rough neighborhood, Miguel Pinero (Benjamin Bratt) becomes involved in crime early in life. When he ultimately ends up in Sing-Sing prison years later, Pinero decides to start writing about his life. The result is the play Short Eyes, which goes on to receive seven Tony nominations during 1974. Though now a celebrity, Pinero struggles with the attention he receives from an adoring public. He finds refuge from the spotlight with his girlfriend, Sugar (Talisa Soto), and his best friend, Miguel Algarin (Giancarlo Esposito). Together, the two men form the highly influential Nuyorican Poets Café, which becomes a home for artists throughout New York City. Despite his professional success and personal happiness, Pinero continues to deal with a drug problem that threatens to destroy not only his success and relationships, but also take his life.

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Ichaso moves easily between a black-and-white past and a full-color present, maintaining a pace as buoyant and rhythmic as the beat of the infectious Latin music that accompanies t...

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    It is a career-defining performance that could catapult the 37-year-old actor beyond bland romantic leads and into the kinds of juicy anti-heroic parts once gobbled up by Mr. Hoffm...

  • 20

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Hectic, sketchy and finally dull.

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    Showbiz, Latino Dramas, Biography, Independent, Historical