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The Mambo Kings Reviews

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Clint Morris
Moviehole
August 17, 2008
HOT! HOT! HOT!
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
February 17, 2008
Fun, flashy musical with Banderas in early role.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A spirited evocation of the mambo craze which swept post-war America, adapted from Oscar Hijuelos' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 11, 2005
Terrific music and a boatload of high energy can't quite compensate for a thin plot and weak characterizations....
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 8, 2005
Another award worthy performance by Armand Assante that wasn't recognized. And a great song.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
It's as if there were a terrible telephone connection between the film's vivid sound track and its tepid romantic melodrama, to which the music is supposed to give style and substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 19, 2003
Armand Assante gives the most robust and impressive performance of his career as Cesar, a musician whose lust for life affects all those around him.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
"The Mambo Kings" is fairly conventional in story and structure - but oh, that music. The audience will be ready to dance in the aisles.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A corny, eye-filling concoction of sound and strife, it recalls the heyday of a dance craze with the Technicolor splash of a 1950s musical.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
"The Mambo Kings" is so pumped up with life it threatens to burst. It's beautifully filmed and flashily edited. It pulsates with rhythmic ecstasy. It throbs, it sweats, it pounds, it undulates.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Constantly, the movie gives you the feeling of being drastically truncated, with hints of storylines that are never fully played out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
In some ways this story is as old as the movies, but "The Mambo Kings" is so filled with energy, passion and heedless vitality that it seems new, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Entertainment Weekly
February 28, 1992
The Mambo Kings is a tinsel-edged dream of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 21, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
December 21, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
June 16, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 12, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 3, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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