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El Cantante Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

The structure of the film only [confuses].

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 15, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The director (Leon Ichaso) and his co-writers haven't licked a crucial question: Why do we need to see this movie and not just listen to the music?

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 3, 2007
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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El Cantante never nails the ecstatic moment of musical collaboration we crave from this genre. Where is the scene that gives us a fly-on-the-wall view of salsa's creation?

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 3, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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What is it about the biopic genre that gravitates toward the same sea of cliches, no matter what the sound or era?

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 2, 2007
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Unfortunately, the music is as irresistible as the tired story of a musician succumbing to substance abuse is resistible.

September 15, 2006
Edward Douglas

It's as if the film's producer Jennifer Lopez didn't learn a thing from Gigli by playing a married couple with her actual husband.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6/10

August 2, 2007
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Frankly, any of us could write this screenplay.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

August 2, 2007
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

Unfortunately, El Cantante turns out to be much more of an Anthony and Lopez project than a Lavoe one. Shot with seeming disregard for any of his actual artistic importance, the film fails to answer some of the simplest and most important questions about

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 2/5

August 22, 2007
Eric D. Snider

To put it bluntly: Why should I care who Hector Lavoe was? El Cantante does nothing to answer that question.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

August 2, 2007
Heather Huntington

Thought it was impossible to make the story of a drug-addicted musical icon boring? You were wrong.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/10

August 23, 2008
Bill Gibron

While the script and direction definitely drag El Cantante down, the portrait of Puchi in this film -- true or false -- places the final perfectly groomed and polished nails in the movie's creative coffin.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 2/5

August 4, 2007
Joshua Tyler

The musician biopic craze dies right here; bury it to the left of Jennifer Lopez's once significant career.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/5

July 26, 2007
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Another singer self-destructs, to a Latin beat.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

October 22, 2007
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Ultimately, El Cantante, which is also the title of Hector's signature song, leaves you feeling like you've watched yet another cliche, a shortened life in the same polluted vein as Jim Morrison or Edith Piaf.

July 31, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

El Cantante eventually succumbs to the typically broad biopic canvas. It hits nothing but highlights; and misses the singer's soul.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 2, 2007
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

I want a great film about Hector Lavoe, and after watching this, I'm still waiting for it...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 2/4

January 6, 2008
Peter Sobczynski

Together, Lopez and Anthony have created the kind of wildly miscast and misconceived star couple vehicle that hasn't been seen since. . .well, since the infamous "Gigli" and even that film seems more explainable in retrospect than this one.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/5

August 10, 2007
Brian Tallerico

You need to give your audience a reason to care, not just assume they will because your subject was important to the history of music.

Full Review Source: Screentalk

August 4, 2007
Paul Kosidowski
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Lively but frustratingly shallow.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 2, 2007
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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This messy, maudlin portrait of the decline and decline of Puerto Rico-born salsa star Héctor Lavoe wavers uncertainly between cable channel biopic and socially concerned drug movie.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

September 5, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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September 22, 2007
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