El Cortez
El Cortez (2006)

An autistic ex-con attempting to readjust to life on the outside finds that the past isn't so easy to escape as he becomes caught in the middle of a deadly triple-cross in director Stephen Purvis' labyrinthine thriller. For five… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 20, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

A clumsy lump of ponderous pulp fiction with Cooler aspirations.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Stick with Hitchcock.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Director Stephen Purvis and writer Chris Haddock never rise above the material's inherent pulpiness, but they keep the twists coming until the very end.

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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times

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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Anita Gates
New York Times

Lou Diamond Phillips's character in El Cortez is a Reno hotel desk clerk who suffers from black-and-white flashbacks.

Ronnie Scheib

Somehow, El Cortez is stronger than its component parts.

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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly

Every 'twist' is so telegraphed that there's little suspense here.

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