| Original Score: B
HOT! HOT! HOT!
| Original Score: 3/5
Fun, flashy musical with Banderas in early role.
| Original Score: 4/5
A spirited evocation of the mambo craze which swept post-war America, adapted from Oscar Hijuelos' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Another award worthy performance by Armand Assante that wasn't recognized. And a great song.
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.
| Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
"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.
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.
"The Mambo Kings" is fairly conventional in story and structure - but oh, that music. The audience will be ready to dance in the aisles.
The Mambo Kings is a tinsel-edged dream of a movie.