Chico & Rita Reviews

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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.
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
May 9, 2011
Animated musical romance strikes an off note.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
February 10, 2012
There's an outline of an epic love story here, but the screenwriters never bother to fill it in all the way.
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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
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 5, 2012
Regurgitates the starry-eyed rags-to-riches story of Cuban musicians making it in the States immortalized in everything from I Love Lucy to Mambo Kings.
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
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
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

Austin Chronicle
March 3, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
January 31, 2012
Its failings aside, Chico & Rita is a work of warmth and affection, a colorful evocation of a time and a musical environment redolent of artistic sophistication and the prospects of post-war recovery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
November 18, 2010
The story and the animation are fairly simple, but the music, featuring Latin rhythms plus the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, is fabulous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 23, 2012
It's entertaining to watch, and I enjoyed the way they slipped in such real-life figures as Dizzy Gillespie beside the fictional leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
November 19, 2010
Stunningly animated...Not to be missed by animation, music and history buffs, or anyone who appreciates a good love story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 12, 2012
A gorgeous, joyous, disarmingly nostalgic musical confection.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
February 12, 2012
An animated delight for grown-up eyes and ears, besides being a sexy romance and a luscious tribute to a great musician [with] Bebo Valdés's authentic Latin jazz score.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
November 18, 2010
Look past the crude lines, vivid colours and dynamic score, and this is middle-of-the-road romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
April 13, 2012
A vivid and musical illustration of the transportive powers of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Levin
amNewYork
February 9, 2012
The hand-drawn, watercolor-style animation is a natural fit for the story, with its retro sensibility and timeless effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
February 8, 2012
An incredibly beautiful story that uses animation to truly push boundaries in what types of stories can be told in the format.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 3, 2012
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