Chico & Rita Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
February 16, 2012
By virtue of its simple, stylized look - bold lines and color blocks - and effervescent Cuban jazz score, the Spanish animated feature "Chico & Rita" rises above its routine story of a troubled love affair between talented musicians.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 10, 2012
The film melds dazzling visuals and a wildly infectious score into a simple yet affecting love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 10, 2012
The real romance here is between the filmmakers and the cultural moment they hope to document.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 10, 2012
"Chico and Rita'' beguiles first and foremost as a bebop romance that evokes a bygone era as well as, or maybe even better than, "The Artist."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Fiona Morrow
Globe and Mail
February 10, 2012
This sexy, pulpy, very grown-up film is not your usual best animated feature material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 9, 2012
A dazzling and delightful work of modernist animation, a classic movie romance and a hip-swinging, finger-popping tale of musical revolution...
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 9, 2012
Sexy, sweet and laced with a sadness at once specific to its place and time and accessible to anyone with a breakable heart, "Chico & Rita" is an animated valentine to Cuba and its music.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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February 9, 2012
It's so passionate about the Latin and big-band music of the '40s, '50s and '60s that it'll make anyone who grew up listening to those vibrant rhythms feel like a kid again.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
February 9, 2012
A heady wonder for fans of the music, the era, or visual creative art in general.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
February 7, 2012
An animated film that could actually open up audiences to the world, instead of giving them an escape from it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
February 7, 2012
A dazzling thing to behold.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
September 16, 2010
A visually hypnotic, musically electric film.