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The Mambo Kings Reviews

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Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com

| Original Score: 2/5

November 26, 2002
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Terrific music and a boatload of high energy can't quite compensate for a thin plot and weak characterizations....

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

August 11, 2005
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Constantly, the movie gives you the feeling of being drastically truncated, with hints of storylines that are never fully played out.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 30, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 4/5

April 16, 2003
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Another award worthy performance by Armand Assante that wasn't recognized. And a great song.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 8, 2005
Clint Morris
Moviehole

HOT! HOT! HOT!

| Original Score: 3/5

August 17, 2008
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 3/5

July 21, 2008
Derek Adams
Time Out
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A spirited evocation of the mambo craze which swept post-war America, adapted from Oscar Hijuelos' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

July 19, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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"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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2003
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise

| Original Score: 4/5

December 21, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

March 12, 2004
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Fun, flashy musical with Banderas in early role.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 17, 2008
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

| Original Score: 3/5

June 16, 2004
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

| Original Score: 3/5

September 3, 2003
Cory Cheney
Urban Tulsa Weekly

| Original Score: 3/5

July 26, 2002
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