• PG, 2 hr. 15 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Gregory Nava
    In Theaters:
    Mar 21, 1997 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 23, 1997
  • Warner Home Video
  • Selena
    2 minutes 30 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Selena Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Selena surmounts its connect-the-dots approach to its heroine's life to create an appealing, energetic look at a too-briefly soaring musical star.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 27, 2009
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review

Jennifer Lopez ... elevates the film immensely with her radiant and energetic performance.

Full Review Source: DVD Review

September 28, 2007
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

A well-meaning but bland and shallow salute to Selena.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 66/100

September 17, 2007
Don Willmott

What a biography. And what a screenplay.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 14, 2007
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review

Even in its sappiest moments, Jennifer Lopez's performance and Selena's music shine through.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 5, 2007
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat

In spite of Jennifer Lopez' strong performance, it doesn't save an incomplete story that only covers some of Selena's life.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 13, 2007
Emanuel Levy

In her first major, star-making role, Jennifer Lopez is compelling, but the rest of this showbiz biopic is shallow and excessively melodramatic, like most of Gregory Nava's films.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

February 3, 2007
Michael Dequina

Lopez's commanding presence makes up for any of the script's shortcomings.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

September 18, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Jennifer Lopez is outstanding as Selena, lending ability and grace to the stage numbers, in particular, but throughout the film, in general.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

April 9, 2005
Fred Topel

Beautiful movie, Lopez's best work

| Original Score: 4/5

December 17, 2003
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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By the end of the film, Selena has been all but canonized.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Not only gives you some insight into a talented young singer, but some insight into Chicano life in the U.S. Most of all, it is a solid love story.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

On the whole, the movie bogs down in reverence for Selena and her family; I lost count of the speeches about believing in yourself and making dreams come true.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 15, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

About a Mexican-American singer who fufilled her calling in life.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 26, 2002
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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Nava, who started his feature-film career with El Norte, is a good director who invariably finds a strong rapport with his actors. He's not much of a writer, though, and he should think twice about creating dialogue for his future projects.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 18, 2002
Jean Oppenheimer
Boxoffice Magazine

Jennifer Lopez is sensational. She not only looks remarkably like the real star, but she radiates the same incredible energy, warmth, style and magnetism for which the young pop singer was known.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 5, 2002
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts

That the story is bland, boring, and way too long at two hours and eleven minutes is beside the point. She has been beatified, so the film will make millions.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts

April 17, 2002
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix

The film mocks Selena's short life by dragging on forever.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

March 24, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Missing is a sense of the interior life behind the smiling face that Selena showed the world. What of the drive that led her to music? What comfort did she find in it? What pain?

May 11, 2001
Scott Renshaw

Without a compelling narrative direction, Selena becomes a polished and respectful feature film version of an A&E "Biography."

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/10

January 1, 2000
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