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Calle 54 Reviews

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Jim Judy
Screen It!

Even casual listeners will have a hard time not enjoying the often complex sounding and clearly infectious music.

Full Review Source: Screen It!

May 11, 2001
Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
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It is easy to imagine Calle 54 having a long shelf life on home video after its run in theaters. It can be played over and over again with increasing satisfaction.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 11, 2001
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A good listen without being a particularly good watch.

May 11, 2001
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

See Calle 54 and your life -- at least for a couple of hours (more if you pick up the soundtrack) -- will be enriched, if only for the bounce in your step.

May 11, 2001
Paul Tatara
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The knowledge of the musicians' connection to one another makes it the most touching interlude in an overlong but nevertheless entertaining film.

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May 11, 2001
Luisa F. Ribeiro
Boxoffice Magazine

Anyone seeing this happily contagious film will just have to have a copy.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

May 11, 2001
Mike Clark
USA Today
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There's not been a more infectious jazz performance screen treat since 1959's classic Jazz on a Summer's Day.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 11, 2001
Rob Blackwelder

If the list of names in paragraph three means something to you, then Calle 54 is absolutely worth the price of admission. If you recognized no one but Tito Puente, Calle 54 probably isn't for you.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 11, 2001

E! Online

The sound is terrific, the rhythms infectious and the artistic passions palpable. We wager that you'll leave this one looking for the nearest place to nab the soundtrack.

Full Review Source: E! Online

May 11, 2001
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
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A brilliantly conceived and elegantly realized documentary tribute to Latin jazz, it packs more drama into each of its 12 musical tableaux than most feature films manage in two hours.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 10, 2001
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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This is one summer movie with real sizzle.

| Original Score: 5/5

May 10, 2001
Pam Grady

The moving moments in Calle 54 are isolated, mainly because Trueba's approach, while ensuring a killer soundtrack, is too scattershot to satisfy.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 10, 2001
Elizabeth Weitzman
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Descriptions of great art are, of course, ultimately irrelevant, and Trueba knew we'd have to experience his passion for ourselves. He's offering a dazzling invitation -- take him up on it.

May 10, 2001
Amanda Morrison

Lacking the narrative didacticism of a documentary, Calle 54 functions more as Trueba's celluloid top-ten list of favorite Afro-Cuban musicians, captured lovingly in warmly-lit studio performances.

Full Review Source: Citysearch

May 10, 2001
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Music and movies are two of the great international languages, something Fernando Trueba's Calle 54 proves with wide smiles and an irresistible beat.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 10, 2001
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Trueba loves Latino jazz and this inspiring musical documentary beautifully reflects his appreciation and wonder.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

May 10, 2001
Charles Taylor
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A loving Buena Vista Social Club -style hymn to the rhythm and life of salsa.

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May 9, 2001
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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The film will greatly appeal to current fans of the musical genre and should win over more than a few converts.

May 3, 2001
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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You come away with more appreciation of how inclusive Latin jazz, with its roots in Africa, really is.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 7, 2001
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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The film is such a pure expression of the director's love for the music, a love so infectious it should leave you elated.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 1, 2000
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