El Cantante Reviews

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 5, 2008
This is an entertaining biopic that's worth seeing for the terrific musical sequences and for the superb performances by Anthony and Lopez. Recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
September 5, 2008
In fact, Lopez deserves praise for pushing this project. The recently deceased Puchi (who helped generate the script and pushed for Lopez to play her) is not the kind of character you see on screen every day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Urban Cinefile
July 12, 2008
Jennifer Lopez is superb as Puchi, delivering a totally credible, multi dimensional character.
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
October 25, 2007
Jennifer Lopez plays it tough and down and dirty, on the Mexican border.

Hollywood.com
September 22, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 17, 2007
El Cantante is more a guilty pleasure than a great movie, but at least it may spark a renewed interest in the music of Lavoe and his contemporaries. If so, consider the film a success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
August 16, 2007
The film distrusts viewers to keep up with a story that, even it is isn't well-known beyond salsa and Latino communities, can speak for itself.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 10, 2007
...the musical numbers throb with vibrant energy...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 9, 2007
I would have liked to have seen a more in-depth look at the salsa movement. Still, we do get a lot of great music, and Anthony is a natural onscreen in a tailor-made role.
Kam Williams
EURWeb
August 4, 2007
Certain to evoke a few tears from Fania fans with feelings of nostalgia for the bygone era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pete Hammond
Maxim
August 4, 2007
It's hot stuff! Lopez and Anthony set off fireworks. In fact Lopez has never been better. As a musical showcase it scores big time.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 3, 2007
The music is the uncontested highlight of El Cantante, which tells the story of the tragic life of salsa legend Hector Lavoe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Goldstein
Reel.com
August 3, 2007
Ultimately, Ichaso's passionate helming and its stars' deep commitment make El Cantante (The Singer) worth seeing, despite the film's unmistakable missteps.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
August 3, 2007
Perhaps there will come a time when a musical bio-pic doesn't hang its hat on misery, but at the end of the day, El Cantante is pretty darn good despite the odious familiarity of the ingredients.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 2, 2007
El Cantante is a special film, one that refuses to package a person's life into a comfortably familiar genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 2, 2007
Whenever Marc Anthony takes the stage as Hector Lavoe in El Cantante, he unleashes his charisma and shows that, whatever his limitations as an actor, he is a brilliant performer.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 2, 2007
Still, the musical numbers, which constitute a hefty portion of screen time, are thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 2, 2007
Ironically, Lavoe's sad story serves mostly to remind viewers that Lopez is still the dazzling force of nature that burst onto the screen a scant 10 years ago.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 2, 2007
Directed with palpable passion and terrific period feel by Ichaso, El Cantante has camerawork and editing that move with the 4/4 rhythm of salsa, upbeat even when the drama grows downbeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 22, 2007
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