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Chico & Rita Reviews

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
April 13, 2012
A vivid and musical illustration of the transportive powers of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 9, 2012
Brash and jazzy and -- to use a word not often associated with animated feature films -- sexy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 6, 2012
When a place and its people are this stylish, we can't help but be drawn to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
March 29, 2012
It's hot and sweet and made with inspiration and cheek. And it is not your children's animated fare -- which, in this case, is a recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 23, 2012
The animation is inventive and eye-popping everywhere except where it most matters: the design of the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 21, 2012
The images and the music -- and for that matter the story -- seem to belong together to create the vibrant whole of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 16, 2012
The movie works better if you sink into its milieu, enjoying the jazzy color schemes, the fluid animation and, above all, a dynamite soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 16, 2012
"Chico & Rita" is that rare thing, a cartoon for adults, with a bittersweet take on love and fate and a romantic's view of the night.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 16, 2012
A pure delight, a keenly affecting, visually ravishing tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 15, 2012
A perfectly agreeable exercise in musical nostalgia...undermined by clumsiness of execution.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 12, 2012
The film's design and animation... are so sublimely appealling that the story gets to be an afterthought; or, at least, the story doesn't actively ruin your day.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 12, 2012
A gorgeous, joyous, disarmingly nostalgic musical confection.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 8, 2012
A buttery rich animated tale of love, jazz, showbiz, fame and politics in the late '40s and early '50s that is as catchy as its tunes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 1, 2012
When a soundtrack this fluidly elegant is married to trite dialogue, thin characterizations, and chockablock animation, it has to go down as a missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
February 26, 2012
Unfortunately, an evocative setting--the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz in Havana and New York--sets the stage for a rather slight romance.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 24, 2012
This romance follows classic lines a la films like "Now Voyager" and, while the story is well known and oft told, it all feels fresh and new.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 24, 2012
Presented in a wash of animated colors, this story of a hot-headed sexy Latina songstress and her jazz piano player takes on new life.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
February 23, 2012
Remarkably sexy for its genre (it's not for kids at all), it's nostalgic about a time and place that rarely gets treated on film ("Godfather II" touched on it), and it has an emotional pull that may catch you by surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 23, 2012
...not only a surprise Oscar nominee for best animated feature, it's a total game changer...dazzling.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 23, 2012
Hopefully, it will remind filmmakers that animation can be used to tell all kinds of stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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