...oozes with authenticity -- sometimes a bit too much so -- and a genuine passion for the gritty, colorful, proud neighborhood that's still a few steps behind the progressive city it calls home (the Bratts grew up in and around the Mission).
—Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times
...an honest attempt to portray the destructiveness of violence in the Latino community. Anchored by Benjamin Bratt's charismatic performance, the film offers a compelling insider's view of a culture foreign to most moviegoers. Nonetheless, it will be a tough sell to a crossover audience and might be more at home on diverse cable outlets.
—James Greenberg Hollywood Reporter
...better suited to cable than the big screen, but nonetheless offers solid drama with nice streaks of humor, warmth and local color.
—Dennis Harvey Variety
The warmth comes through, even if the storytelling is simplistic and clichéd
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
As subtle as a face-punch...
—Melissa Anderson Village Voice
...this care [of the directors] is lavished on an overwrought, predictable story of an angry ethnic father...
—Mike Hale New York Times
...might suffice on late-night cable, but it is hardly worth big-screen prices.
—V. A. Musetto New York Post