Buena Vista Social Club Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
August 3, 2011
One of the best and most impactful docus of the 1990s, Wim Wenders exhilarating feature is at once a trbute to a pre-Castro generation of musicians as well as a largely bygone genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Cuban musicians tell their life stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
February 7, 2010
... celebrates the beauty of Cuba's art while showing how it effortlessly crosses cultures.
Michael Dequina
November 15, 2009
An affectionate cinematic celebration of that all-but-forgotten music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
April 12, 2007
Reflects that flavorful, outspoken, provocative, distinctly Cuban Latino-centricity, a weapon against the prolonged U.S. blockade.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 15, 2006
Cooder is obviously enthralled by the music and the musicians, but it's hardly communicated in a clubby film record that's likely to win few fans outside aficionados.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Wenders... is not interested in too many hows, whys, whens, or wheres. He simply wants to spotlight this band and its stories, and he succeeds.
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
July 7, 2003
Musically impressive but somewhat overpraised documentary
| Original Score: 3/5
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 11, 2003
A beautiful, touching, and perfectly tuned documentary into Cuban music.
| Original Score: 4/5
Widgett Walls
October 31, 2002
The music is incredible enough on its own--but the lives and the culture behind it, that's what makes this documentary a must-see.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 5, 2002
A relaxed and entertaining documentary about a group of talented Cuban musicians.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
It is a nearly perfect collection of music. The film of the same name, however, is deeply flawed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 19, 2001
Wenders is clearly an outsider-looking-in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rod Granger
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
A joyous tribute to a group of humble but true artists.
Arthur Lazere
January 1, 2000
If there is a predominant theme in this music, it is the bittersweet love lyric - love and passion found, love lost, time passing by.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Can such music make a dilapidated Cuba bearable?
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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